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The Meg has officially crossed the $300 million mark at the international box office, definitively proving once and for all that the formula of Jason Statham plus a dinosaur shark equals money. Director Jon Turteltaub‘s film ruled the domestic box office when it opened—before it was de-throned by fellow Warner Bros. project Crazy Rich Asians—but has since settled in as a smash hit in China, where it has earned $117.2 million since its debut.
The Meg‘s worldwide success doubles as an interesting what-could-have-been story. By all accounts, both the film’s star and director originally envisioned The Meg as a much bloodier, much darker R-rated film before settling on a slightly tamer end result. (“The PG-13 rating hamstrings the chaos”, according to our own Matt Goldberg’s review.) When Collider spoke to Statham, the action star admitted he thought he was signing up for an all-out bloodbath:
Ways - Imagination - Perception
I’m just saying it was radically different. I guess in some ways your imagination and your own perception of what it’s going to be is...
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