The Meg
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The Meg released over the weekend. Box office analysts had predicted that the Jason Statham starrer wouldn't surpass $22 million over its first weekend at the box office. They believed that it could give Tom Cruise's Mission: Impossible – Fallout a close competition.

However, the underwater monster washed away MI6 to shores with a jaw-dropping $44.5 million opening weekend box office collection at the US box office.

If that hasn't surprised you enough, Variety reports that the Shark movie recorded a whopping $97 million overseas. The movie's majority international collection comes from the China box office. The film earned $50.3 million from the Chinese market.

This resulted in The Meg earning worldwide box office collection of $141. Million. The shark movie was made with a budget of $130 million. While the movie recorded its best opening in China, Mexico ($6.2 million), Russia ($5 million), the United Kingdom ($4.4 million), and Spain ($2.4 million) were one of the movie's biggest contributors.

This movie has become Statham's highest non-franchise debut. The Meg's domestic opening weekend box office collection of $44.5 million has also become Warner Bros' best opening of the year. The movie places itself above Ready Player One ($41.7 million) and Ocean's 8 ($41.6 million).

The Meg garnered mixed reviews, with the see-saw leaning more towards the bad. The movie was declared fresh by Rotten Tomatoes with a score of 48 per cent. According to the Rolling Stones review, "The Meg ends up being just a high-budget, low-value attempt to sell you a typical tale of a tortured man tracking a monster, composed of spare parts lifted from other films you love."

Variety's review reads, "Comes on like it wants to be the mother of all deep-sea attack movies. But it's really just the mother of all generically pandering, totally unsurprising Jaws ripoffs." Whereas Entertainment Weekly's review deemed the film, "Ridiculous, cheesy popcorn fun."

Tom Cruise, Mission Impossible 6, Fallout
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Meanwhile, Mission: Impossible 6 earned another $20 million at the domestic box office bringing the US box office collection to $162 million, according to The Hollywood Reporter. On the international front, Fallout registered another $38.4 million. This brought the total international box office collection to $275.6 million and a global earning of $427.6 million.