Movie Money Refinanced: Episode VIII

Well this week’s top 5 is full of surprises, and strange bunch of films. You have a movie about an internet horror story, Winnie The Pooh in action, Tom Cruise jumping out of a plane and of course, at number 5 is a Spike Lee joint, but number 1 is a movie about a great white. Only in America.

Yes the number 1 movie this week is ‘The Meg’. It made $45.4M this weekend, which is a far cry from its $130M budget. Luckily, the film swims well in international waters, and has amassed $146.9M. The film is something of a monster hit and will likely clean up for the rest of August along with the number 2 film. Ethan Hunt may be headed for his biggest total yet as ‘Mission Impossible Fallout’ is enjoying big numbers every single weekend with very steady decline. The film has brought in $30M more than the last ‘Mission Impossible’ film, ‘Rogue Nation’ did in the same amount of time. Right now it’s made $436.9M worldwide and shows very little signs of stopping.

Continuing, ‘Disney’s Christopher Robin’ is enjoying its second week in a row in the top 5 and despite that Disney name, this weekend it only made $12.9M, with a domestic total of $50.5M. Worldwide it sits at $62.9M, and with a budget of $75M, it’s not looking good for the live action adventure. 

Things get slightly better with ‘Slender Man’ at number 4. About 7 years too late, the film brought in a meager $11.3M domestically in its opening weekend, and a worldwide gross of $11.8M. With a budget of $10M, it’s a definite success, but the film will likely be forgotten by the end of this sentence.

Finally at number 5, ‘BlackkKlansman’. The film being touted as Spike Lee’s best (At least in recent years), and it has brought in $10.8M domestically, and a worldwide gross of $11.2M. What’s impressive is that the film was able to do that in just 1,500 theatres. For context, a wide release usually has around 3,000-4,000 theatres, and averages around $5,000 per theatre. ‘BlackkKlansman’ had an average of $7,000. It’s clear that the buzz around the film propelled audiences to see it, especially with a story that seems too good to be true. 

That’s all for the top 5, and if you want to hear the hot take on the Venom trailer, the Batwoman casting, and the Oscars new Popular Film category, you can check out the podcast link at the top. 


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