Magazine article Screen International

'The Meg' Storms to $16M in China

Magazine article Screen International

'The Meg' Storms to $16M in China

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Mission: Impossible - Fallout to cruise towards $300m this weekend.

Li Bingbing and Jason Statham in The Meg

The Meg has stormed to an estimated $16m from Thursday night previews and Friday in China, combining with $7.2m from the first 29 markets via Warner Bros Pictures International (WBPI) for an early $23.2m international haul.

The China tally puts the action thriller about a giant prehistoric shark third behind two local releases and WBPI sources said that put it ahead of Skyscraper, San Andreas and Geostorm by the same stage. The action thriller debuts in the UK and Mexico as well as a further 12 markets on Friday.

The Jason Statham and Li Bingbing tentpole opened top in all its other Asian markets except Hong Kong where it ranked second, grossing a combined $1.9m.

Thursday highlights include Russia on $1.3m for number one and a 73% share of the top five films, and the UAE on $706,000 for number one in the second highest opening day for the studio behind Batman V Superman.

The film arrived top in Italy on $569,000 for a 75% share and the studio’s highest opening day of the year-to-date, second in Germany on $361,000, top in Holland on $285,000 for the studio’s highest opening day of the year so far, and top in Brazil on $264,000.

The Meg will give Mission: Impossible - Fallout a run for its money as that film cruises towards the $300m mark. The Tom Cruise action thriller has reached $233. …

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