‘The Meg’ to Devour Box Office With $40 Million Debut

The Meg” swims into theaters this weekend and is looking to nab the No.

1 spot at the box office with an estimated $40 million from 4,118 North American locations.The estimate is significantly higher than earlier predictions, which had placed the film in the $20 million to $22 million frame.

The Warner Bros.

film took in $16.5 million on Friday and stars Jason Statham as a scientist who, along with his team, tries to stop a prehistoric 75-foot Megalodon shark from terrorizing a beach.Jon Turtletaub directed “The Meg,” which has received mixed reviews from critics and carries a 50% score on Rotten Tomatoes.

The movie is based on the 1997 book “Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror” by Steve Alten and was in development for over two decades.“The Meg” is a co-production with China’s Gravity and carries a $150 million price tag, so it will need substantial overseas business.

It’s also opening in China,

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