BOX OFFICE REPORT
August 10-12, 2018
(estimates from BoxOfficeMojo.com)
|The Meg||$44.5 million|
|Mission: Impossible – Fallout||$20.0 million|
|Christopher Robin||$12.4 million|
|Slender Man||$11.3 million|
|Black Klansman||$10.7 million|
Though it was only expected to take a little nibble – possibly not even enough to grab first place – The Meg devoured its competition, opening with a whopping $44.5 million. That's the biggest opening for a killer shark movie ever, and should end up being the second-biggest, after Jaws. That's also one of the most impressive debuts of the year, topping more high-profile films like Skyscraper, Ready Player One and Rampage.
Mission: Impossible – Fallout slid to No. 2, but with another remarkable hold. It's doing well overseas as well, where Tom Cruise continues to be an even more bankable star than he is here. Christopher Robin dropped to third, and it's still performing on par with Pete's Dragon, but should continue to slide as more and more kids go back to school.
Slender Man had another so-so horror debut after the Unfriended sequel. Despite having some name recognition, it wasn't a monster debut. Still, it's already made back its reported $10 million budget. Playing on far fewer screens, Spike Lee's Black Klansman debuted strongly with $10.7 million. That's the controversial director's third-biggest debut behind the heist thriller Inside Man and the stand-up concert film The Original Kings of Comedy.
Outside the top 5:
- This Weekend's Indie Champ: Madeline's Madeline, a critically acclaimed but admittedly avant-garde film with a star-making debut performance from Helena Howard. It made $20,225 on its lone screen.
- Dog Days performed like a very bad dog. It opened all the way in 12th place, and has made just $3.6 million since opening Wednesday.
- Ant-Man and the Wasp officially passed $200 million. It will finish as the 15th biggest MCU movie. Pretty remarkable for a series that started a decade ago with an unreliable star.
Crazy Rich Asians will try to make its mark. I've long pegged it as the sleeper hit of the summer. I'm going to estimate $25 million for the weekend, and closer to $40 million in five days. It will take on the second weekend of The Meg, and the latest Mark Wahlberg explosion-fest Mile 22. Alpha won't even be a factor.