As we reported last week, August is often one of the quietest months at the box office, with the big Hollywood blockbusters already released and the more prestigious awards-oriented movies still a couple of months away. As late as the middle of last week, it looked like this would be the case for August 2018, with the month’s biggest new release–the shark thriller The Meg— only predicted to pull in around $20 million over its first three days.

However, in one of the biggest box office surprises of the year, The Meg has powered its way to an estimated $44 million opening weekend, more than double what industry experts predicted. The results ensure that the Jason Statham-starring film took the No.1 slot on the box office chart, and sets it well on the way to recouping its reported $130 million production budget. The movie, which is a Chinese co-production, also made $96.8 million internationally in its first three days.

The week’s other new releases were the horror movie Slender Man, and Spike Lee’s comedy drama BlacKkKLansman. Slender Man has been met with some terrible reviews, but entered the chart at No.4 with an estimated $11 million, which was, again, more than double the estimate. BlacKkKLansman, conversely, has received rave reviews but was released on far fewer screens, and enjoyed a decent $10.8 million opening weekend to enter at No.5.

Elsewhere, the hugely successful Mission Impossible: Fallout and the family sequel Christopher Robin slipped to No.2 and 3 respectively. The bottom half of the chart consisted mostly of titles that have stuck around for a few weeks, including Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again, Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, and Ant-Man and the Wasp.

You can see the full Top 10 list for the August 10-12 US box office below, as compiled by Box Office Mojo.

US/Canada Box Office For August 10-12:

  1. The Meg – $44.5 million
  2. Mission Impossible: Fallout – $20.0 million
  3. Disney’s Christopher Robin – $12.4 million
  4. Slender Man – $15.0 million
  5. BlacKkKlansman – $11.3 million
  6. The Spy Who Dumped Me – $6.6 million
  7. Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again – $5.8 million
  8. The Equalizer 2 – $5.5 million
  9. Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation – $5.1 million
  10. Ant-Man and the Wasp – $4.0 million

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