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Ant-Man and The Wasp Opens To $68M In China, The Meg Hits $400M Worldwide

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Ant-Man & The Wasp finally opened in China this weekend, premiering to the tune of $68 million – the 4th-highest opening for the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the Middle Kingdom.

$68 million brings the Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly-fronted Ant-Man & The Wasp to a global haul of $544.1 million, and the superhero sequel is still yet to open in Japan and a handful of other territories.  Also in China, Jason Statham vehicle The Meg reigned supreme during the Monday to Thursday midweek box office, only falling to #3 on the charts behind the MCU’s latest and local flick Big Brother (starring Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’s Donnie Yen) come the weekend.

That strong showing midweek brings The Meg’s Chinese total up to $143 million, for a worldwide total of $408.6 million.

Domestically, Crazy Rich Asians stayed on top with a further $25 million gross, for a total cume of $76 million in the US, and $83.9 million worldwide. The feel-good flick broke records in Singapore and Malaysia, where it had the biggest debut for a romantic comedy of all time (the film is set, and partially shot, in Singapore).

Both Ant-Man & The Wasp and The Meg are still in UK cinemas, rated 12A. Crazy Rich Asians has had its UK release brought up, and is now due to bow on Saturday the 1st of September.

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The Predator Skulks To The Top Of The Box Office With Mediocre $24M Debut

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Director Shane Black’s The Predator managed to hunt The Nun off the top-spot at the domestic box office this weekend, despite a less than stellar opening.

The action-horror flick drew in a $24 million US debut, for a worldwide cume of $54.7 million; by no means astounding numbers, and the picture still has a long way to go to justify Fox’s pricey $88 million production budget (inflated due to costly reshoots). $24 million is a contextually decent pull however for a franchise that, despite its cultural significance, has rarely garnered much in the way of financial success. The Predator marks the second-highest domestic opening for the franchise, not adjusted for inflation, behind only 2010’s Predators – which raked in $24.7 million.

It also appears that even in the age of the #MeToo movement, the scandal surrounding The Predator – in which Shane Black hired his friend Steven Wilder Striegel, a registered sex offender, and shot a scene between his character and actress Olivia Munn’s that was later removed at the behest of the studio – has not significantly affected the box office takings of the film. In a statement, Fox’s head of domestic distribution Chris Aronson said “I don’t think it dissuaded anyone who wasn’t predestined to go. I think it had minimal, if any, impact.”

The Predator is in UK cinemas now, rated 15. It currently holds a 49 MetaScore, and a less-than-ideal 34% on Rotten Tomatoes. Read Movie Marker’s two-star review here.

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The Nun Eyeing Impressive $40M+ Domestic Debut

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The Conjuring’s cinematic universe looks set to welcome another success story, as The Nun is currently tracking for a $36-$45 million opening weekend, with some outlets even being so bold as to estimate a $50 million domestic debut.

The Nun, the fifth film in The Conjuring franchise (and a direct spinoff of / prequel to The Conjuring 2), will see a priest and a novitiate embroiled in a mystery over the apparent suicide of a lady of the cloth in 1950’s Romania. Buzz is strong for the fright flick, which is currently outpacing previous horror hits Get Out and A Quiet Place in comparative pre-sales, and extended-universe connections are expected to drive ticket numbers.

If The Nun manages to eke out to the top of its projections it would score a franchise-best opening. 2013’s The Conjuring currently holds that honour, with a $41.8 million debut. Together, The Conjuring cinematic universe has amassed over $1.1 billion worldwide across five films.

The Nun is in UK cinemas from tomorrow, rated 15.

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Mission: Impossible – Fallout Tops International Box Office After $77M Chinese Debut

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Tom Cruise’s sixth outing as super-spy Ethan Hunt, Mission: Impossible – Fallout, has topped the international box office yet again after a huge $77 million opening weekend in China – bringing the film’s worldwide total to $89.1 million last week.

The espionage thriller, which has received high critical acclaim and been touted as one of the best action flicks of the past decade, has now grossed a reported $649 million internationally from a budget of $178 million. $77 million marks the highest opening in China for the franchise to date, and indeed for any film fronted by Tom Cruise.

Mission: Impossible – Fallout was directed by Christopher McQuarrie and also stars Henry Cavill, Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames, Rebecca Ferguson, and Alec Baldwin. It is in UK cinemas now, rated 12A

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