I don’t know about you, but one of my great loves as a horror fan is the giant rampaging animal flick, bonus points if said animal is a shark. Well, horror movie sharks don’t get any bigger than The Meg, based on the 1997 novel Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror by Steve Alten.
Hollywood has been trying to adapt Meg to the big screen for decades now, and director Jon Turtletaub finally accomplished the feat. While mainstream critics aren’t being that kind to the finished product, the reaction from inside the horror fan community has been better.
Earlier this week, The Meg was dealt a blow when box office projections had it earning a vastly underwhelming $23 million domestic opening. Well, those predictions were all wrong, as The Meg ended up easily winning the weekend with a $44.5 million haul.
Coming in at #2 was last week’s winner, Mission: Impossible – Fallout, and at #3 was Disney’s whimsical Christopher Robin. Straight up bombing at #4 is Slender Man, this weekend’s other big horror release, with only an $11.3 million take.
Made on a $10 million budget, it’s possible Slender Man might break even before leaving theaters, but it seems unlikely. A movie needs to roughly double its budget to break even after marketing costs, and with terrible reviews, its earnings next week will probably be tiny.