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Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again is now almost certainly profitable.
Yes, it is, absolutely. But at the same time, it isn't having nearly the legs that the first movie did and will probably close below the first film's total gross, at least in the U.S.
 

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While the "Hunger Games" series showed a big drop from the money for films 1/2 to films 3/4, that's not true for "Twilight".
It's also worth noting that after two separate major productions shot on film, the last two "Hunger Games" movies were shot back to back using digital cameras. None of the films had top tier budgets, with the first film made for under $90 million and the last two made for about $300 million combined. Even though there was a steep drop off in box office receipts after the second film, they all made money for Lionsgate.
 

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I didn't even know any theaters were still playing Black Panther. My guess is Disney wanted to keep this out there as long as possible to get to $700M.
I looked it up on Fandango today just to see if it was still anywhere near here. I own it, so feel no need to go back at present, but it's got two showtimes daily at one of the second run theaters on the other side of town that I never go to. Tickets were listed as $3 and change. It certainly hasn't played in any first-run places here since April, but yes, Disney was going to get it over the $700 million mark come hell or high water for bragging rights. And it is a remarkable achievement, even if it took a while to get there.
 
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I looked it up on Fandango today just to see if it was still anywhere near here. I own it, so feel no need to go back at present, but it's got two showtimes daily at one of the second run theaters on the other side of town that I never go to. Tickets were listed as $3 and change. It certainly hasn't played in any first-run places here since April, but yes, Disney was going to get it over the $700 million mark come hell or high water for bragging rights. And it is a remarkable achievement, even if it took a while to get there.
About 2 weeks ago, I noticed it re-appeared on a few first-run screens around here. I figured Disney was probably making a last push for the film to hit 700.
 
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It seems like forecasts for The Meg were off badly. Just a few weeks ago, they were showing a $14 million opening (while showing Slender Man at $21 million). Before it opened, they boosted it to $26 million, but even that is way off the $40 million it's going to make.

I know it's not an exact science, but it seems like anyone who was paying attention would have known that there was way more advance buzz for The Meg than Slender Man?
 

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It seems like forecasts for The Meg were off badly. Just a few weeks ago, they were showing a $14 million opening (while showing Slender Man at $21 million). Before it opened, they boosted it to $26 million, but even that is way off the $40 million it's going to make.

I know it's not an exact science, but it seems like anyone who was paying attention would have known that there was way more advance buzz for The Meg than Slender Man?
I sure saw a lot more ads for "Meg".

Good God, that trailer was unavoidable! I must've seen that trailer 10 times over the last couple of months.

I don't think I saw a single trailer for "Slender Man"...
 

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Oddly enough, I didn't see a single trailer for either one, and I go to the movies at least once a week, often more. But they aren't the kind of films that would appeal to me, so maybe they just screened in front of other titles.
 

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Oddly enough, I didn't see a single trailer for either one, and I go to the movies at least once a week, often more. But they aren't the kind of films that would appeal to me, so maybe they just screened in front of other titles.
Must be the case. I go to a lot of action movies, so I got the "Meg" trailer umpteen times.

I honestly don't mind seeing trailers for the same film multiple times, but I wish they'd use alternate trailers more often. I really got sick of the one trailer I saw for "Meg!"

Still not as bad as the 20+ times I sat through the same trailer for "The Heat"!
 
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Top 10 boxoffice mojo

1 N The Meg WB $44,500,000 - 4,118 - $10,806 $44,500,000 $130 1
2 1 Mission: Impossible - Fallout Par. $20,000,000 -43.4% 3,888 -507 $5,144 $161,967,284 $178 3
3 2 Disney's Christopher Robin BV $12,430,000 -49.4% 3,602 - $3,451 $50,019,317 - 2
4 N Slender Man SGem $11,325,000 - 2,358 - $4,803 $11,325,000 $10 1
5 N BlacKkKlansman Focus $10,799,000 - 1,512 - $7,142 $10,799,000 $15 1
6 3 The Spy Who Dumped Me LGF $6,600,000 -45.5% 3,111 - $2,122 $24,560,385 $40 2
7 4 Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again Uni. $5,820,000 -35.4% 2,812 -547 $2,070 $103,831,200 $75 4
8 5 The Equalizer 2 Sony $5,500,000 -37.2% 2,373 -352 $2,318 $89,645,928 $62 4
9 6 Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation Sony $5,110,000 -36.2% 2,589 -573 $1,974 $146,887,391 $80 5
10 7 Ant-Man and the Wasp BV $4,048,000 -36.4% 1,863 -370 $2,173 $203,518,344 - 6
 
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The Meg is the biggest opening of the year for Warner Bros, ahead of Ready Player One and Ocean's 8 (each around $41.7 million opening).

Word of mouth seems decent, so hopefully it'll have some legs, or is that teeth? Worldwide gross is currently $141.5 million.
 

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I love these kind of unexpected success stories!
I do too - when it happens to a good movie.

I've not seen "Meg" yet so that's not a judgment on whether or not it "deserves" its success.

Just saying that it's exciting to see a good movie get the attention it deserves but less thrilling to watch some POS do well! :D
 
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I paid for a 3D screening of The Meg on Saturday afternoon and was pleasantly surprised to discover that it was a) on one of the two or three biggest screens at the place and b) was pretty packed.

I thought the 3D was okay (the depth from the water sequences was great) but that they missed a lot of opportunities to have fun with it.

As to the movie itself, it was okay...and a movie like this should never be just okay. It either needed to be a lot better or a lot worse to be more fun. The pacing seemed off too. This was a 113 minute movie that felt like it should have been 90 minutes.

I didn’t hate it, but it didn’t really do anything for me. It should have been more fun.
 

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Per box office mojo:
1 N Crazy Rich Asians WB $25,235,000 - 3,384 - $7,457 $34,001,769 $30 1
2 1 The Meg WB $21,150,000 -53.4% 4,118 - $5,136 $83,759,062 $130 2
3 N Mile 22 STX $13,620,000 - 3,520 - $3,869 $13,620,000 - 1
5 2 Mission: Impossible - Fallout Par. $10,500,000 -45.7% 3,482 -406 $3,016 $180,738,721 $178 4
4 N Alpha Studio 8 $10,500,000 - 2,719 - $3,862 $10,500,000 $51 1
6 3 Disney's Christopher Robin BV $8,862,000 -31.6% 3,602 - $2,460 $66,879,410 - 3
7 5 BlacKkKlansman Focus $7,000,000 -35.5% 1,788 +276 $3,915 $23,009,490 $15 2
8 4 Slender Man SGem $4,965,000 -56.3% 2,358 - $2,106 $20,741,579 $10 2
9 9 Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation Sony $3,675,000 -29.5% 2,187 -402 $1,680 $153,868,700 $80 6
10 7 Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again Uni. $3,385,000 -42.3% 2,270 -542 $1,491 $111,204,490 $75 5
 

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