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.
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