Many of us were outright pessimistic when we first saw the trailer for Jason Statham’s Meg 2: The Trench, believing that the sequel would be a cash-grab release riding on the success of the original film. You can’t actually blame us; such moves by Hollywood heads have ruined what little expectations we had regarding sequels. However, we’re pretty glad we were wrong about Meg 2: The Trench, as the movie continues to make an impressive global debut, turning into a real surprise box office blockbuster.
Sometimes it just takes Jason Statham against a giant shark to make you remember that more than 80 percent of the ocean floor remains unexplored, so good luck during your next beach trip.
According to Collider, Jason Statham’s Meg 2: The Trench earned $142 million at the box office, with $30 million in the domestic market and $112 million internationally. These are impressive numbers, and the sequel to a massive hit from 2018 turned out to be one of the biggest releases of this summer movie season.
The success of this scale could lead to a birth of a franchise, and while there currently aren’t any plans for the third movie, there’s plenty of source material to go around, and the idea of a trilogy isn’t out of the window just yet.
Jason Statham’s Meg 2: The Trench is the summer’s biggest surprise blockbuster, earning $142 million on its opening weekend.
The original 2018 movie, The Meg—also starring Jason Statham—was an unexpected success at the box office, debuting at $45 million domestically and $530 million worldwide. Those numbers were a surprise to everyone, as industry analysts didn’t really expect a movie about giant sharks to make much money among the general audience. However, marketing is sometimes equal to magic, and the heavily advertised movie quickly gained the viewer’s attention, leading to massive success.
Unsurprisingly, Warner Bros. capitalized on the success of the original film by approving a sequel in hopes of cashing in on viewer interest. We’re not surprised that it works — we’re actually surprised that Jason Statham’s Meg 2: The Trench is actually a good movie. At least as good as the original.
These are impressive numbers, and the sequel to a massive hit from 2018 turned out to be one of the biggest releases of this summer movie season.
Sure, both the original and Meg 2: The Trench lack certain ingredients that would stimulate the viewers intellectually, but the physical, adrenaline-triggering, blood-pumping action is right there, and sometimes that’s enough to make a good cinematic release.
Not everything has to be Oppenheimer or The Man from Earth. Sometimes it just takes Jason Statham against a giant shark to make you remember that more than 80% of the ocean floor remains unexplored, so good luck during your next beach trip.
In the end, Jason Statham’s Meg 2: The Trench proves to be a success, and it might just spark the birth of an entire franchise about giant ancient sharks. We just hope that they stop after all the source material—Steve Alten’s Meg novel series—is exhausted.
Otherwise, they’ll have to bring in Dwayne Johnson to the franchise, and by that point, the narrative would likely begin to revolve around giant ancient genetically modified land-walking sharks trying to establish world domination and a one-man army trying to stop them.