The domestic box office went from predictions of “doomestic” to upbeat with the help of a pair of Warner Bros films – Crazy Rich Asians and The Meg. Both films helped the summer season cross the $4 billion mark, putting the summer of 2018 well ahead of last year’s meh season.
Through incredible marketing and good word-of-mouth, both films opened respectively to (The Meg) $45 million and (CRA) $25.2 million ($34mm over 5 days) and should easily pass $100 million in North America. The Meg scored a B+ on Cinemascore and Crazy Rich Asians an A.
Paramount’s Mission Impossible: Fallout continues to do the impossible and slay at the box office. The Tom Cruise-starrer brought in $10.5 million stateside in its fourth frame, taking its domestic total to $180.7 million and its foreign tally to $320.7 million. The film has now earned a grand total of $501.4 million ahead of its China debut on August 31. A good box office showing there and Cruise could be looking at his highest-grossing film ever.
comScore’s Senior Media Analyst Paul Dergarabedian commented earlier this week, “Even though we don’t have an Avengers or a Jurassic World out this month, we still have what the movie market really needs: a variety of quality films that appeal to different audiences,” said comScore’s Paul Dergarabedian earlier this week.
“From films with diverse casts like BlacKkKlansman and Crazy Rich Asians to mature films like Eighth Grade and popcorn flicks like The Meg, if you can’t find a film that doesn’t raise your interest, you’re just not looking hard enough. Warner Bros.’ The Meg proves once again that sharks are a big draw around the world with a second weekend atop the global charts biting off another $88.15 million in 56 territories to bring its global cume to over $300 million.
The top 12 domestic weekend box office estimates, listed in descending order, per data collected as of Sunday, August 19, are below:
1. Crazy Rich Asians – Warner Bros. – $25.2M
2. Meg, The – Warner Bros. – $21.1M
3. Mile 22 – STX Entertainment – $13.6M
T4. Alpha – Sony – $10.5M
T4. Mission: Impossible – Fallout – Paramount – $10.5M
6. Disney’s Christopher Robin – Disney – $8.9M
7. BlacKkKlansman – Focus Features – $7.0M
8. Slender Man – Sony – $5.0M
9. Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation – Sony – $3.7M
10. Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again – Universal – $3.4M
11. Equalizer 2, The – Sony – $2.8M
12. Spy Who Dumped Me, The – Lionsgate – $2.6M
Dergarabedian also noted that The Island starring and directed by Chinese comedy superstar Huang Bo added $38.7 million this weekend in just 3 territories bringing its worldwide total to $163.167 million.
The top 12 worldwide weekend box office estimates, listed in descending order, per data collected as of Sunday, August 19, are below:
1. Meg, The – Warner Bros. – $88.2M
2. Island, The (dir. Bo) – Multiple – $38.7M
3. Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation – Sony – $32.0M
4. Mission: Impossible – Fallout – Paramount Pictures – $31.0M
5. Crazy Rich Asians – Warner Bros. – $26.0M
6. Equalizer 2, The – Sony – $20.3M
7. Europe Raiders – Multiple – $19.5M
8. Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again – Universal – $18.7M
9. Go Brother! – Wanda Media Co., LTD – $17.7M
10. Disney’s Christopher Robin – Disney – $16.8M
11. Oolong Courtyard:Kung Fu School – Multiple – $14.8M
12. Mile 22 – STX Entertainment – $14.2M
Oh, and Kevin Spacey’s Billionaire Boy’s Club pulled in $126. Yes, you read that right. Ten people paid to see the film.
Full details regarding the global domestic and international box office results are listed in the table below.