The Warner Bros. Pictures and Gravity Pictures’ shark-thriller “The Meg” blew past the $500M mark at the worldwide box office this week. The announcement was made today by Ron Sanders, Warner Bros.’ President of Worldwide Theatrical Distribution and Home Entertainment. “The Meg” opened back in August with an amazing $45M debut, the film has already made over $134M domestically.
In making the announcement, Sanders said, “‘The Meg’ is a pure popcorn film that is a perfect way to cap off the summer. Audiences were looking for a fun time at the movies and ‘The Meg’ delivered with a great balance of action and humor. We want to congratulate director Jon Turteltaub, his entire international ensemble cast, all of the filmmakers, and our colleagues at Gravity Pictures on this tremendous success, which—like the title character—was bigger than everyone’s expectations.”
The film features Jason Statham (“Spy,” “The Fate of the Furious,” “The Expendables” films) and Chinese actress Li Bingbing (“Transformers: Age of Extinction,” “Forbidden Kingdom,” “The Message”). “The Meg” was directed by Jon Turteltaub (the “National Treasure” movies). The main cast also includes Rainn Wilson (“The Office”), Ruby Rose (“John Wick: Chapter 2,” “Orange is the New Black”), Winston Chao (“Skiptrace,” “Kabali”), Page Kennedy (“Rush Hour”), Jessica McNamee (“Battle of the Sexes,” “Sirens”), Ólafur Darri Ólafsson (“The BFG,” upcoming “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald”), Robert Taylor (“Kong: Skull Island,” “Longmire”), Sophia Cai (“Somewhere Only We Know”), Masi Oka (“Hawaii Five-0,” “Heroes”) and Cliff Curtis (“The Dark Horse,” “Fear the Walking Dead”).
Turteltaub directed “The Meg” from a screenplay by Dean Georgaris and Jon Hoeber & Erich Hoeber, based on the best-selling novel MEG by Steve Alten. Lorenzo di Bonaventura (the “Transformers” films), Belle Avery (“Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead”) and Colin Wilson (“Suicide Squad,” “Avatar”) produced the film, with Gerald R. Molen, Wei Jang, Randy Greenberg, Catherine Xujun Ying, Chantal Nong and Barrie M. Osborne executive producing.
Turteltaub’s behind-the-scenes team included Oscar-nominated director of photography Tom Stern (“Sully,” “American Sniper,” “The Hunger Games”), Oscar-winning production designer Grant Major (“The Lord of the Rings” Trilogy, “King Kong”), editors Steven Kemper (“The Last Stand,” “Mission: Impossible II”) and Kelly Matsumoto (“Star Trek: Beyond,” “Fast and Furious 6”), and costume designer Amanda Neale (“Truth,” “Pete’s Dragon”). The music is by Harry Gregson-Williams (“The Martian,” the “Equalizer” films, the “Shrek” franchise).
Warner Bros. Pictures and Gravity Pictures present a di Bonaventura/Apelles Entertainment Inc./Maeday Productions, Inc./Flagship Entertainment Group Production, a Film by Jon Turteltaub, “The Meg.” Released in 2D and 3D in select theatres and IMAX, the film is being distributed in China by Gravity Pictures, and throughout the rest of the world by Warner Bros. Pictures.