By RYAN PAINTER, KUTV
SALT LAKE CITY (KUTV) - It would appear that audiences were far hungrier for “<b>The Meg</b>,” the cinematic adaptation of Steven Allen’s novel “Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror,” than anyone could have expected. The Jason Statham vs. a Jurassic shark blew past initial estimates that had the film finishing with $30 million (or less) and finished the weekend with $44.5 million. The international numbers were impressive as well, as the film managed $97 million for a worldwide total in the area of $141.5 million.
“Mission: Impossible – Fallout” would have to settle with a second-place finish. In its third weekend, Tom Cruise’s latest installment in the IMF franchise brought in $20 million for a domestic total of $162 million and a worldwide total of $437 million.
Disney’s “Christopher Robin,” a film that explores an imaginary adulthood for the famous friend of the residents of the Hundred Acre Wood, added $12 million; its domestic total is now $50 million.
Spike Lee’s “BlacKkKlansman,” the incredible true story of an African-American policeman’s infiltration of the KKK, received great reviews earlier in the week and was rewarded by audiences who lifted the movie’s opening weekend to $10.8 million.
“Slender Man,” a horror film based on the viral horror character who inspired a near-fatal stabbing in 2014, received the cold shoulder from critics (it wasn’t screened for local critics; I haven’t watched it), but audiences turned up in typical opening-weekend numbers for a PG-13 horror film for a weekend total of $11.3 million. That would be a satisfactory total had the film not cost nearly $30 million to make.
"Dog Days," which opened on Wednesday, failed to attract an audience and finished the weekend with an anemic total of $3.6 million.