The Meg’ to Devour Box Office With $40 Million Debut

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The Meg” swims into theaters this weekend and is looking to nab the No. 1 spot at the box office with an estimated $40 million from 4,118 North American locations.

The estimate is significantly higher than earlier predictions, which had placed the film in the $20 million to $22 million frame. “The Meg” took in $16.5 million on Friday and stars Jason Statham as a scientist who, along with his team, try to stop a prehistoric 75-foot Megalodon shark from terrorizing a beach.

Jon Turtletaub directed “The Meg,” which has received mixed reviews from critics and carries a 50% score on Rotten Tomatoes. The movie is based on the 1997 book “Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror” by Steve Alten and was in production for over two decades.

The Meg” is a co-production with China’s Gravity and carries a $150 million price tag, so it will need substantial overseas business. It’s also opening in China, Russia, Spain, and the U.K. this weekend and earned $26.7 million on Friday from 42 overseas markets. “The Meg” opened to $16.2 million in China Friday, giving it third place behind two local comedies. Read more

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