Director Jon Turteltaub’s The Meg took another gargantuan bite out of the global box office this week; unmoved at the top of the charts, and swimming to a whopping $314 million worldwide.
Warner Bros.’ Jason Statham-starring oceanic action-thriller (co-financed by Chinese production houses, and predominantly set in the country) also passed $100 million in the Middle Kingdom. Domestically, however, The Meg lost out to Jon M. Chu’s buzzy romantic comedy Crazy Rich Asians. The feel-good flick has benefited from what industry experts are referring to as ‘the Black Panther effect’; a high-profile Hollywood production with a predominantly non-white cast, being whole-heartedly embraced by those it’s representing. However, whether that effect can leave a lasting impression outside of US shores remains to be seen.
Meanwhile. outstanding actioner Mission: Impossible – Fallout – the sixth entry in the long-running, Tom Cruise-fronted espionage franchise – crossed a significant milestone itself, passing the $500 million mark globally.
The Meg is out now, rated 12A, and also stars Li Bingbing, Rainn Wilson, and Ruby Rose alongside The Stath. Crazy Rich Asians is slated for a 14th September, 2018 release in selected UK cinemas.
The Predator Skulks To The Top Of The Box Office With Mediocre $24M Debut
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.
The Nun Eyeing Impressive $40M+ Domestic Debut
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.
Mission: Impossible – Fallout Tops International Box Office After $77M Chinese Debut
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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