“The Meg”: Breathes New Life Into The Shark Genre

“The Meg” is a 2018 science fiction action horror film and co-production of China and America. Its loosely based on the 1997 book Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror by Steve Alten. The Meg was released in both countries on 10th of August 2018. The film was distributed in China by Gravity Pictures, and throughout the rest of the world by Warner Bros Pictures.

How film is going

A deep-sea submersible–part of an international undersea observation program–has been attacked by a massive creature, previously thought to be extinct, and now lies disabled at the bottom of the deepest trench in the Pacific… with its crew trapped inside. With time running out, expert deep sea rescue diver Jonas Taylor (Jason Statham) is recruited by a visionary Chinese oceanographer (Winston Chao), against the wishes of his daughter Suyin (Li Bingbing), to save the crew–and the ocean itself–from this unstoppable threat: a pre-historic 75-foot-long shark known as the Megalodon. What no one could have imagined is that, years before, Taylor had encountered this same terrifying creature. Now, teamed with Suyin, he must confront his fears and risk his own life to save everyone trapped below.

The Meg shocks box office analysts

The Meg marks Warner Bros’ biggest opening of the year in North American so far.
The film was wildly successful in China with a US$50.3 million this weekend for a total overseas opening of US$96.8 million dollars and global weekend of US$141.3 million. According to Box Office Mojo, to give Warner Bros. a surprise hit late in the summer moviegoing season.

The Meg is Warner Bros.’ best weekend debut of the year, even over bigger-name and bigger-publicized films like Ready Player One and Ocean’s 8, both of which took in $41 million in their March and June openings, respectively.

Jeff Goldstein, distribution chief for Warner Bros., said late summer was ideal timing for The Meg.

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