Shark movie ‘The Meg’ tops US box office; here’s what you should know about the film

The Meg
Photo credit: The National

You probably haven’t heard about the movie “The Meg” until now that it has topped the U.S. box office. Top-billed by by Jason Statham, “The Meg” surprisingly raked in US$44.5 million in its opening weekend. The story revolves around Jonas Taylor, who escaped an attack by what he claims is a 70-foot-shark. He attempts to save people trapped in a sunken submersible and they face off against the monster in the ocean.

Here are other things you might now know about the film:

It’s loosely based on a book

The film’s story is somehow adapted from the book “Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror” by Steve Alten. Published in 1997, it’s a science fiction horror revolving around the underwater adventures of Jonas Taylor, a Navy deep-sea diver. The book is part of a whole series, as it’s followed by seven sequels.

The film is co-produced by a Chinese company

the meg cast
Photo credit: YouTube

“The Meg” is an American-Chinese co-production. It’s a joint presentation of Warner Bros. and China’s Gravity Pictures, and is tailored to Chinese audiences, according to South China Morning Post. The movie was filmed in China and New Zealand and also stars award-winning Chinese actress Li Bingbing.

It has toppled “Mission: Impossible – Fallout” and “Christopher Robin” in the U.S. and Canadian theaters

For the last weekend, “The Meg” surprisingly came out on top of the box office, with US$44.5 million earnings. It was followed by “Mission: Impossible – Fallout” with US$20 million and “Christopher Robin” with US$12.4 million.

“The Meg” also opened at no. 1 in the Philippines

Surprisingly, the shark film also came out on top in Philippine cinemas last weekend. From August 8 to August 12, “The Meg” earned P63.4 million, making it “Warner’s best opener for the year to date after ‘Rampage’ (P59.7-M) and ‘Tomb Raider’ (P57.6-M),” reports Inquirer.

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