Advertisement
United Kingdom  

“News neutrality by unbiased coverage”
One News Page
> >

The Meg Defies Box Office Expectations - Blowing Weekend Competition Out of the Water

One News Page Staff Thursday, 16 August 2018
The Meg Defies Box Office Expectations - Blowing Weekend Competition Out of the Waterby

If there’s been a surprise box office smash this summer, it may very well be The Meg – the delightfully over-the-top megashark disaster movie, in which Jason Statham goes toe to flipper with a prehistoric megabeast, seemed all but silly cinema fodder on the face of things. However, as we found out here at One News Page ourselves, the movie is in fact hugely entertaining – we awarded it a 4 out of 5 – and it seems that cinemagoers are voting with their feet as the movie has raked in a stunning amount of cash on its opening weekend in North America.

Disaster movies haven’t really fared that well in recent times – consider the likes of Geostorm and the disastrous Hurricane Heist – it seems that there is a very specific audience for these movies, and that, for the most part, these viewers can be reached at home via streaming or certain cable channels (that, at least, is how the likes of the all-out lunacy in the Sharknado series has retained its enduring appeal). The Meg, however, appears to have been a different kind of beast entirely – promoted massively and marketed with a tongue in its cheek, the Statham vehicle defied expert odds to a colossal extent this past weekend, defying the predicted haul of around $20 million by raking in a surprising $44.5 million instead.

At the time of writing, the movie has currently earned $150 million globally from its opening weekend, making prospects for breaking even looking very positive indeed. It’s thought that the movie will need to make around $320 - $400 million altogether to offset marketing costs, meaning that many will be eyeing box office receipts very keenly indeed in the weeks to come. What is it that has driven The Meg’s popularity?

The Meg Devours The Box Office
The Meg Devours The Box Office

For one – the star power in Statham – and for another, the sheer goofiness of the concept. It’s a similar situation to that of deliberately bonkers action movie Snakes On a Plane – it’s distracting fun that knows it’s being over-the-top – and it’s this charm that has led it to receive positive reviews from around 50% of critics. The other 50% aren’t so sure about the appeal – but it appears audiences are very keen to say otherwise. Knocking Mission: Impossible off its perch this past weekend, The Meg is easily this summer’s biggest cinematic surprise.

0
shares
ShareTweetSavePostSend
 

You Might Like


Recent related news

Manmarziyan box office collection day 5: Anurag Kashyap’s film collapses over weekdays

By Suparno Sarkar After witnessing some growth over weekend, Manmarziyan (Manmarziyaan) box office collection slowed down drastically as the weekdays started....
Filmy Friday - Entertainment

Princes Quay shoppers can try some of the obstacles from the Hull-timate Challenge water assault course this weekend

Princes Quay shoppers can try some of the obstacles from the Hull-timate Challenge water assault course this weekend
Obstacles will be put up in Princes Quay for the public to try out
Hull Daily Mail - UK

No, Eminem Did Not Ask Beastie Boys About His 'Kamikaze' Artwork

No, Eminem Did Not Ask Beastie Boys About His 'Kamikaze' Artwork
They found out via text message... *Beastie Boys* have revealed that *Eminem* did not reach out to them before unveiling the artwork for new album...
Clash - Entertainment


Tweets about this


Other recent news in Entertainment

TV host DENIS NORDEN dies aged 96Sesame Workshop says BERT AND ERNIE are 'best friends' and not gay
CAPTAIN MARVEL: Why Brie Larson's Carol Danvers is a Marvel game-changerJESSICA SIMPSON announces she is pregnant with her third child

Recent related videos

'Avengers: Infinity War' Passes 'Titanic' at the US Box Office [Video]'Avengers: Infinity War' Passes 'Titanic' at the US Box Office

'Avengers: Infinity War' Passes 'Titanic' at the US Box Office 'Avengers: Infinity War' wrapped up its box office run as the fourth highest grossing movie in North American history. The film raked in..

Wibbitz Studio -   01:05

Nashville Shores Goes To The Dogs This Weekend With 'Wags 'N Waves' [Video]Nashville Shores Goes To The Dogs This Weekend With 'Wags 'N Waves'

Fall is around the corner and that means pools closing, but the fun isn't over quite yet. Nashville Shores is shutting their doors to humans -- so why not let the dogs out to play?

NewsChannel 5 Nashville -   02:06

Photos show Hurricane Florence's Catastrophic Destruction [Video]Photos show Hurricane Florence's Catastrophic Destruction

Hurricane Florence ripped through North and South Carolina over the weekend, creating catastrophic flooding and record-setting rainfall. The storm left at least 17 people dead, and has knocked out..

Wochit -   00:33

MoviePass Faces New Competition [Video]MoviePass Faces New Competition

According to Business Insider, things are getting tougher for MoviePass. A new rival in on the horizon. Sinemia is now offering an unlimited movie-ticket subscription plan for $29.99 a month. This is..

Wochit Entertainment -   00:32

•More original news reports from One News Page
Environmentally friendly: One News Page is hosted on servers powered solely by renewable energy
© 2018 One News Page Ltd. All Rights Reserved.  |  About us  |  Disclaimer  |  Press Room  |  Terms & Conditions  |  Content Accreditation
 RSS  |  News for my Website  |  Free news search widget  |  Help  |  Contact us  |  DMCA / Content Removal  |  Privacy & Data Protection Policy
How are we doing? Send us your feedback  |   LIKE us on Facebook   FOLLOW us on Twitter   FIND us on Google+  •  FOLLOW us on Pinterest