What would the summer be without a shark movie?
Warner Bros. & # 39; Hai pic The Meg starring Jason Statham shows a couple of revolver teeth at the box office for a potential $ 40 million debut, twice as much as the tracking and the best opening in the history live Action shark image, not adjusted for inflation. The film earned $ 16.5 million on Friday from 4,118 theaters, including $ 4 million in previews.
The Meg also shows strength abroad. China's Gravity Pictures, which accounts for a significant portion of its budget, handles distribution deals in the Middle Kingdom, where the film rose to $ 16.2 million on Friday (reaching $ 32.4 million by the end of Saturday). In other foreign markets, The Meg ended Friday with a three-day foreign tally of $ 34.5 million for an early global total of $ 77.4 million.
This is good news for Warner Bros. and Gravity, who are paying at least $ 1
The Meg will easily come in number 1, while Mission: Impossible – Fallout will be ranked on its third weekend with an estimated $ 19 million – $ 20 million from 3,888 theaters 2, for a domestic total of about $ 161 million.
Li Bingbing, Rainn Wilson, Ruby Rose, Winston Chao, and Cliff Curtis play a starring role in the film, which follows a group of scientists seeking to protect a mammoth tail from destruction.
In the summer of 1975, director Steven Spielberg wrote a story with the classic shark film Kiefer . More recently, Sony's The Shallows has revived the genre with Blake Lively by grossing $ 119 million worldwide for a modest budget of $ 25 million. This was followed last summer by 47 Meters Down which earned $ 44.3 million against a budget of $ 5.5 million.
Several other films have opened nationwide The Meg including Spike Lee's Notoriety Cannes Film Festival BlacKkKlansman tells the true story of two cops from Colorado, a black man (John David Washington) and a Jew (Adam Driver), who subverted their local KKK chapter in the early 1970s  From Focus Features, BlacKkKlansman is expected to gross in the $ 9 million-10 million range of 1,512 theaters Solid start for a specialty movie starts in summer versus during the Fall Awards season. The film captured an A-Cinema score, compared to a B + for The Meg .
Sony's Screen Gems enters August with the low-budget Slender Man a supernatural horror movie seems to be coming out of 2,358 theaters shortly before Lee's movie with $ 10 million – $ 11 after spending $ 4 on Friday , 8 million had earned. A question mark is whether a D-CinemaScore word of mouth will hurt on Saturday. The picture follows a group of friends who are fascinated by Boogeyman's Internet history, known as Slender Man. When they try to prove that he does not exist, one of them disappears in a mysterious way.
The weekend's fourth new nationwide listing is the Indie film Dog Days by LD Entertainment. The family comedy, across the intersection of humans and canines, grossed $ 770,000 on Friday from 2,357 locations for a debut in the $ 3 million range. The ensemble's cast includes Eva Longoria, Nina Dobrev, Vanessa Hudgens, Lauren Lapkus, Thomas Lennon, Adam Pally, Ryan Hansen and Rob Corddry.
This article originally appeared on The Hollywood Reporter.