Box Office: 'The Meg' Swims Past $200M Globally
Talk about a sharp bite.
On Wednesday, Warner Bros.' The Meg swam past the $200 million buoy at the global box office to become the No. 3 shark pic of all time behind Steven Spielberg's 1975 classic Jaws and 2004's animated Shark Tale, not adjusted for inflation.
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The Meg, directed by Jon Turteltaub and starring Jason Statham, has taken a far bigger bite out of the box office than anyone anticipated.
In North America, the movie finished Tuesday with a six-day total of $59.4 million, besting the entire lifetime runs of recent shark hits The Shallows ($55.1 million) and 47 Meters Down ($44.3 million).
The Shallows, starring Blake Lively, grossed $119 million globally against a $17 million budget in summer 2016, reinvigorating the genre. 47 Meters — which didn't play overseas — was likewise a win, considering it cost $5.5 million to produce.
The Meg was a far bigger proposition in terms of budget. Sources say it cost at least $150 million to make, while Warners puts the net cost at $130 million.
Overseas, The Meg finished Tuesday with $153.9 million for a global total of $213.4 million. A large chunk has come from China, where Gravity Pictures is handling distribution. Gravity co-financed and co-produced the pic with Warners.
Li Bingbing, Rainn Wilson, Ruby Rose, Winston Chao and Cliff Curtis co-star in the movie, which follows a group of scientists trying to stop a mammoth shark from causing destruction.
Jaws remains the top-grossing live-action shark film of all time, adjusted or not. Unadjusted, it grossed $470.7 million globally, including $260 million domestically. Adjusted for inflation, the pic has brought in more than $1.18 billion globally.
Shark Tale, released by DreamWorks, earned $367.3 million worldwide, unadjusted.
by Graeme McMillan