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The Meg Bites Off $141.3 Million at the Global Box Office

Warner Bros. Pictures‘ The Meg opened wide this weekend in 4,118 North American theaters and grossed a better-than-expected $44.5 million in first place, for an average of $10,806 per theater. Internationally, the film earned an impressive $96.8 million in 42 territories, with $50.3 million coming from 12,650 screens in China. That puts The Meg‘s global total at $141.3 million already, compared to its budget of $130 million.

$13.6 million of The Meg‘s worldwide gross came from 1,074 IMAX screens around the world. In China, IMAX screens brought in $7 million, while in the US they earned $4.1 million.

The film, which received a B+ CinemaScore from audiences, was directed by Jon Turteltaub and stars Jason Statham, Li Bingbing, Winston Chao, Rainn Wilson, Ruby Rose, Page Kennedy, Jessica McNamee, Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, Robert Taylor, Sophia Cai, Masi Oka and Cliff Curtis.

After reigning at the domestic box office for two weeks,  Paramount Pictures and Skydance‘s Mission: Impossible – Fallout dropped to second place with another $20 million to take its North American total to $162 million. Internationally, the sixth installment added $38.4 million in 59 markets this weekend and has now earned $275.6 million, which is 19% ahead of Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation and it still has China to come on August 31. The movie, which cost $178 million to make, has now made $437.6 million worldwide.

Written and directed by Christopher McQuarrie, Mission: Impossible – Fallout stars Tom Cruise, Henry Cavill, Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Sean Harris, Angela Bassett, Vanessa Kirby, Wes Bentley, Frederick Schmidt with Michelle Monaghan and Alec Baldwin.

Disney’s Christopher Robin earned $12.4 million its second weekend in third place and is up to $50 million. Internationally, the film brought in $3.8 million and has collected $12.1 million, for a worldwide total of $62.1 million. The Marc Forster-directed film stars Ewan McGregor, Hayley Atwell, Bronte Carmichael, and Mark Gatiss, and features the voices of Jim Cummings, Brad Garrett, Toby Jones, Nick Mohammed, Peter Capaldi, and Sophie Okonedo.

Screen Gems’ Slender Man debuted in the fourth spot at the domestic box office with $11.3 million from 2,358 theaters, an average of $4,803 per site. Costing just $10 million to make, the opening exceeded the studio’s expectations. Directed by Sylvain White, the movie based on the creepypasta Internet meme stars Joey King, Julia Goldani-Telles, Jaz Sinclair, Annalise Basso and Javier Botet.

Focus Features debuted Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman in 1,512 theaters where the film grossed $10.8 million, good for fifth place at the box office. Starring John David Washington, Adam Driver, Laura Harrier and Topher Grace, the film cost $15 million to make.

Lionsgate comedy The Spy Who Dumped Me dropped to sixth place its second weekend with $6.6 million to bring its total to $24.6 million. Starring Mila Kunis, Kate McKinnon, Justin Theroux, Gillian Anderson, Hasan Minhaj, Ivanna Sakhno, and Sam Heughan, The Spy Who Dumped Me was directed by Susanna Fogel and cost $40 million to make.

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (Universal Pictures) collected $5.8 million this weekend in seventh place and now has grossed $103.8 million domestically. Internationally, the sequel added $21.5 million and is up to $177 million, for a worldwide total of $280.8 million. Written and directed by Ol Parker, the $75 million-budgeted sequel stars Christine Baranski, Pierce Brosnan, Dominic Cooper, Colin Firth, Andy Garcia, Lily James, Amanda Seyfried, Stellan Skarsgård, Julie Walters, Alexa Davies, Josh Dylan, Jeremy Irvine, Hugh Skinner, Jessica Keenan Wynn, with Cher and Meryl Streep.

In the eighth spot, Sony Pictures’ The Equalizer 2 added $5.5 million this weekend to bring its domestic sum to $89.6 million after four weeks. Internationally, the sequel has grossed $10.2 million from 16 markets and stands at $99.8 million worldwide, with many more markets to come. Directed by Antoine Fuqua, the $62 million sequel stars Denzel Washington, Pedro Pascal, Ashton Sanders, Bill Pullman, and Melissa Leo.

Sony Pictures Animation’s Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation earned $5.1 million domestically in ninth place and is up to $146.9 million after five weeks. Internationally, the third installment took in $17.1 million and has grossed $231.4 million, meaning it has grossed $378.3 million with China still to come on August 17. Directed by Genndy Tartakovsky, the $80 million film features the voices of Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Kevin James, David Spade, Steve Buscemi, Keegan-Michael Key, Molly Shannon, Fran Drescher, Kathryn Hahn, Jim Gaffigan, and Mel Brooks.

Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man and The Wasp rounded out the top 10 with $4 million and has collected $203.5 million domestically. Internationally, the sequel added $6.5 million and has earned $245.4 million to put its global total at $448.9 million with China still to come on August 24. Directed by Peyton Reed, Ant-Man and The Wasp stars Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Peña, Walton Goggins, Bobby Cannavale, Judy Greer, Tip “T.I.” Harris, David Dastmalchian, Hannah John-Kamen, Abby Ryder Fortson, Randall Park, with Michelle Pfeiffer, with Laurence Fishburne, and Michael Douglas.

Also of note is Disney•Pixar’s Incredibles 2, which has now become the highest-grossing Pixar release of all time with $1.088 billion, surpassing the previous record of $1.067 billion set by Toy Story 3. The film has earned $589.9 million domestically and $498.6 million internationally. Directed by Brad Bird, Incredibles 2 features the voices of Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell, Huck Milner, Samuel L. Jackson, Brad Bird, Bob Odenkirk, Catherine Keener, Jonathan Banks, Sophia Bush, and Isabella Rossellini.

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