Go head-to-head with the largest prehistoric shark to ever exist when “The Meg” arrives on 4K UHD Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD Special Edition and Digital. Jason Statham (“Spy,” “The Fate of the Furious,” “The Expendables” films) and award-winning Chinese actress Li Bingbing (“Transformers: Age of Extinction,” “Forbidden Kingdom,” “The Message”) star in the science fiction action thriller “The Meg,” directed by Jon Turteltaub (the “National Treasure” movies).
The main cast of “The Meg” includes Rainn Wilson (TV’s “The Office”), Ruby Rose (“John Wick: Chapter 2,” TV’s “Orange is the New Black”), Winston Chao (“Skiptrace,” “Kabali”), Page Kennedy (TV’s “Rush Hour”), Jessica McNamee (“Battle of the Sexes,” TV’s “Sirens”), Ólafur Darri Ólafsson (“The BFG,” upcoming “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald”), Robert Taylor (“Kong: Skull Island,” TV’s “Longmire”), Sophia Cai (“Somewhere Only We Know”), Masi Oka (TV’s “Hawaii Five-0,” TV’s “Heroes”) and Cliff Curtis (“The Dark Horse,” TV’s “Fear the Walking Dead”).
Turteltaub directed the film from a screenplay by Dean Georgaris and Jon and Erich Hoeber, based on the best-selling novel “MEG” by Steve Alten. Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Belle Avery and Colin Wilson produced the film, with Gerald R. Molen, Wei Jang, Randy Greenberg, Catherine Xujun Ying, Chantal Nong and Barrie M. Osborne serving as executive producers.
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”), editor Steven Kemper (“The Last Stand,” “Mission: Impossible II”), editor Kelly Matsumoto (“Star Trek: Beyond,” “Fast and Furious 6”) and costume designer Amanda Neale (“Truth,” “Pete’s Dragon”). The music is composed 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. and Flagship Entertainment Group Production film by Jon Turteltaub, “The Meg.” The film will be distributed in China by Gravity Pictures and throughout the rest of the world by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.
The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray disc of “The Meg” will feature Dolby Vision HDR that dramatically expands the color palette and contrast range and uses dynamic metadata to automatically optimize the picture for every screen, frame by frame. The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray disc of “The Meg” will also feature a Dolby Atmos® soundtrack remixed specifically for the home theater environment to place and move audio anywhere in the room, including overhead. To experience Dolby Atmos at home, a Dolby Atmos enabled AV receiver and additional speakers are required, or a Dolby Atmos enabled sound bar. Dolby Atmos soundtracks are also fully backward compatible with traditional audio configurations and legacy home entertainment equipment.
“The Meg” will also be available on Movies Anywhere. Using the free Movies Anywhere app and website, consumers can access all their eligible movies by connecting their Movies Anywhere account with their participating digital retailer accounts.
Fans can also own “The Meg” via purchase from digital retailers beginning October 30.
A deep-sea submersible—part of an international undersea observation program—has been attacked by a massive creature and now lies disabled at the bottom of the deepest part of the Pacific Ocean…with its crew trapped inside. With time running out, former deep-sea rescue diver Jonas Taylor (Jason Statham) is drawn out of self-imposed exile by a visionary Chinese oceanographer, Dr. Zhang (Winston Chao), against the wishes of his daughter, Suyin (Li Bingbing), who thinks she can rescue the crew on her own. But it will take their combined efforts to save the crew, and the ocean itself, from this seemingly unstoppable threat—a prehistoric 75-foot-long shark known as the Megalodon. Thought to be extinct, the Meg turns out to be very much alive…and on the hunt.
Five years before, Jonas had encountered this same terrifying creature, but no one had believed him. Now, teamed with Suyin, Jonas must confront his fears and risk his own life to return to the ocean depths…bringing him face-to-face once more with the apex predator of all time.
BLU-RAY AND DVD ELEMENTS
“The Meg” 4K UHD Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD Special Edition contain the following special features:
· Chomp On This: The Making Of The Meg
· Creating The Beast
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On October 30, “The Meg” will be available to own in high definition and standard definition from select digital retailers including Amazon, FandangoNow, iTunes, PlayStation, Vudu, Xbox and others. On November 13, “The Meg” will be made available digitally on Video On Demand services from cable and satellite providers, and on select gaming consoles.
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4K UHD Combo Pack $44.95
Blu-ray Combo Pack $35.99
DVD Special Edition $28.98
4K, Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: November 13
Digital Date: October 30
DVD Languages: English, Latin Spanish, Canadian French
BD Languages: English, Latin Spanish, Canadian French, Brazilian Portuguese
DVD Subtitles: English SDH, Latin Spanish, Parisian French
BD Subtitles: English, Latin Spanish, Parisian French, Brazilian Portuguese
Running Time: 113 minutes
Rating: Rated PG-13 for action/peril, bloody images and some language
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Blu-ray: DTS HD-MA
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The Meg hit another milestone by passing the $500 million mark worldwide ($506.6 million from $137 million US and $369.5 million internationally), which is more than it was originally thought it would do. The success of the film bring to light the question will it get a sequel, many movies doing this type of money do.
The Meg has more going for the sequel possibility than just it's box office, The Meg is based on a book by Steve Alten who has written five more books with an sixth to come down the road in The Meg series. There is a lots of material to go on so even if they weren't to follow the books exactly they still have a lot to take from.
Considering The Meg is closing in on Godzilla 2014's worldwide take, and Godzilla's big following, it could be said this film deserves a sequel. The biggest drawback is some may feel shark films are "played out", but The Meg has been successful despite that, another negative is the Jaws films, the first was a major blockbuster but the sequels slowly went downhill and Hollywood seems to be getting cautious with sequels to big budget films due to a number of failures.
With the success of the Monsterverse (Godzilla, Kong) franchise, Jurassic World franchise, and films like Rampage, The Meg could certainly continue the trend of success in giant monster/dino films as long as it continues with what has made it a hit so far, Alten hopes so, and we certainly hope so too.
"The thing about the book series is, I just finished book 6, Meg: Generation, and each book ups the ante a little bit more. So if the producers, and [producer] Belle Avery especially I know she will follow the sequels. If they follow the sequels then they won't have to reinvent the wheel. Because it takes it to new places and introduces new monsters. A lot of people like dinosaurs, and I did, too, growing up. But the sea creature monsters and dinosaurs are much more fearsome than the land creatures. There's the T-Rex, but that is pretty much all you really have on the land. In the ocean you have some amazing sea creatures, and I'd love to see them all brought back to life." - Alten (via Cinemablend).
The Meg finished second in its third weekend at the box office giving Warner Bros. it's second one, two punch two weekends in a row with Crazy Rich Asians finishing first. The two new big releases this weekend both finished poorly, Happy Time Murders (3rd), and A.X.L. (10th).
The Meg took in almost $13 million in the US to bring its domestic total to $105 million, internationally it took in $32.7 million this weekend bringing it's international total to $306.5 million. Its total take passed the $400 million mark hitting $411.5 million worldwide. Considering this is only it's third weekend there is a pretty good chance it could finish north of $500 million total.
Besides the US the other big market for the film has been China where the film has taken in $143 million, the film should easily pass the $150 million mark (possibly $175 million) there alone. It will be interesting to see where it ends up with its total take.
The Meg continues to perform well at the box office in its second weekend, it took in a estimated $21.15 million domestically. Internationally it also was doing well taking another $67 million this weekend. It's total US take is nearly $84 million, with the international total at $230 million, for a total worldwide of over $314 million.
The Meg finished second this weekend to Crazy Rich Asians (other WB film), but it wasn't by much about $4 million and beat the other new releases Mile 22 and Alpha. The Meg is also outperforming the two other monster films released this year, Rampage was nearly $100 million worldwide less overall at this point (although it was outperforming expectations), and Pacific Rim: Uprising never reached this point (only hitting $290 million worldwide).
The Meg has also done very well in China, the second biggest market after the US, with $117.2 million there (already beating PRU there). With a budget of around $130 million (plus it's ad budget) it won't have to do a tremendous amount more to be profitable. While these numbers are estimates they shouldn't change much and we will update them once actuals are in.
The Meg hit theaters this weekend and it did far better than it was was predicted, nearly double. It was expected to take in $20 - $25 million but instead took in $45.4 million. It's international take was also impressive taking in over $100 million, nearly half of that was from China the second biggest movie market.
The film beat both other monster films that came out this year, Pacific Rim: Uprising and Rampage at the US box office ($28 million, and $34.5 million, respectively). The film did slight less than those overseas but has a few more countries to open in. The film has had a number of fairly positive reviews, basically on par with the reception Rampage got when it was released.
It will be interesting to see if it can hold on to the box office and continue to make money, it doesn't seem to have any major competition in the next few weeks with the next true action movie being Predator (Sept 14).
Rampage is the kaiju/monster film that could and continues to do well even with it digital video release this past week. The past two weekend saw a dramatic increase in it's box office take, $923,000 the weekend of June 22 to 24 (a 244% increase from the weekend before), and $601,000 this past weekend, the week from June 22 to the 28 it did over $1.2 million (a 185% increase from the week before).
While these number may not sound earth shattering the fact that the film is going into it's 12th week, the small number of theaters showing it (under 300), and digital release happening (on June 26th), it is pretty impressive. Also take into account what it is doing per theater, both the last two weekends and last week were better per theater than it's third week of release. It's per theater take even beat Avengers: Infinity War.
Where Rampage placed at the box office the last couple of weeks was impressive, it was 15th this weekend, the closest film that has been out as long was at 24th (A Quiet Place), last weekend it was 12th and 22nd respectively. Weekly placement was similar as well.
Rampage is now just shy of $425 million worldwide and will be released on Blu-ray and DVD July 17th.
Warner Bros. has announced the release of Rampage on home video, Digital on June 26, and 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray on July 17. It will be available on 4K, Blu-ray (3D and standard), and DVD, Best Buy will have a Steelbook exclusive, no word on other exclusives. Check out the info below. Also of note Rampage has officially passed Pacific Rim's (2013) worldwide box office, it has hit nearly $414 million (almost $3 million more).
Update: Steelbook images below (note word's may vary on cover depending on country of release).
Best Buy Steelbook interiors and backs added (botttom).
Global icon Dwayne Johnson headlines the action adventure "Rampage," directed by Brad Peyton. Read on below to find out more details in regards to this monstrous release!
"Rampage" also stars Oscar nominee Naomie Harris ("Moonlight"), Malin Akerman (TV's "Billions"), Jake Lacy (TV's "Girls"), Joe Manganiello (TV's "True Blood"), and Jeffrey Dean Morgan (TV's "The Walking Dead"), P.J. Byrne ("The Wolf of Wall Street"), Marley Shelton (TV's "Rise"), Breanne Hill (TV's "Frontier"), Jack Quaid ("The Hunger Games: Catching Fire"), Matt Gerald (TV's "Daredevil"), Jason Liles ("Death Note"), Demetrius Grosse (TV's "The Brave") and Will Yun Lee (TV's "Hawaii Five-O").
Peyton directed from a screenplay by Ryan Engle, Carlton Cuse, Ryan J. Condal and Adam Sztykiel. The film's story was written by Ryan Engle.
"Rampage" was produced by Beau Flynn, John Rickard, Brad Peyton and Hiram Garcia. It marks the third collaboration between Johnson, Peyton, Flynn and Garcia, following the international blockbuster hit "San Andreas," Warner Bros.' highest grossing film of 2015, as well as 2012's global smash "Journey 2: The Mysterious Island." Executive producers were Marcus Viscidi, Dwayne Johnson, Dany Garcia, Jeff Fierson, Toby Emmerich, Richard Brener and Michael Disco.
The creative team includes director of photography Jaron Presant, production designer Barry Chusid, editors Jim May and Bob Ducsay, and costume designer Melissa Bruning. The music is composed by Andrew Lockington, who created the scores for "San Andreas" and "Journey 2: The Mysterious Island." Serving as co-producers were Wendy Jacobson, Josh Mack and Dana Robin.
The "Rampage" creatures were brought to life by acclaimed VFX supervisor Colin Strause, with five-time Academy Award-winning visual effects company Weta Digital.
The Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack features the theatrical version of the film in 3D high definition and high definition; the Blu-ray Combo Pack features a Blu-ray disc with the film in high definition, a Blu-ray disc with the special features in high definition, a DVD with the film in standard definition and a Digital version of the movie.
The 4K Ultra Blu-ray disc of "Rampage" will feature Dolby VisionTM HDR that dramatically expands the color palette and contrast range and uses dynamic metadata to automatically optimize the picture for every screen, frame by frame.
Also, the 4K Blu-ray and Blu-ray 3D discs of "Rampage" will feature a Dolby Atmos® soundtrack remixed specifically for the home theater environment to place and move audio anywhere in the room, including overhead. To experience Dolby Atmos at home, a Dolby Atmos enabled AV receiver and additional speakers are required, or a Dolby Atmos enabled sound bar. Dolby Atmos soundtracks are also fully backward compatible with traditional audio configurations and legacy home entertainment equipment.
Synopsis: In 1993, a breakthrough new technology gave scientists a path to treat incurable diseases through genetic editing. In 2016, due to its potential for misuse, the U.S. Intelligence Community designated genetic editing a "Weapon of Mass Destruction and Proliferation."
Johnson stars as primatologist Davis Okoye, a man who keeps people at a distance but shares an unshakable bond with George, the extraordinarily intelligent, incredibly rare albino silverback gorilla who has been in his care since he rescued the young orphan from poachers. But a rogue genetic experiment gone awry mutates this gentle ape into a raging creature of enormous size.
To make matters worse, it's soon discovered there are other similarly altered animals. As these newly created super creatures tear across North America, destroying everything in their path, Okoye teams with discredited geneticist Kate Caldwell (Naomie Harris) to secure an antidote, fighting his way through an ever-changing battlefield, not only to halt a global catastrophe but to save the fearsome creature that was once his friend.
Special Features (Blu-ray):
Not A Game Anymore – From arcade sensation to movie monster epic, we explore how the Midway video game inspired the filmmakers to create the ultimate disaster film. (Also on DVD)
Gag Reel – Hilarious outtakes and mishaps captured during production.
Deleted Scenes – Deleted scenes that barely missed the final theatrical cut.
Rampage – Actors in Action: Strap in for a wild ride as Dwayne Johnson, Joe Manganiello and the cast prepare for the film's demanding stunts and explosive set pieces.
Trio of Destruction – Follow the innovative design team and the artists at Weta Digital as they bring to life the biggest and baddest monsters for the film's climactic battle royal.
Attack on Chicago – Director Brad Peyton reveals the challenges of filming on-location in Chicago and turning digital destruction into a cinematic reality.
Bringing George to Life – Discover the wonder of what it's like to be a gorilla, as movement coordinator Terry Notary teaches actor Jason Liles how to move, behave and become "George."
Audio: English, Canadian French, Brazilian Portuguese
Subtitles: English, Latin Spanish, Parisian French, Canadian French
Rampage surpassed $90 million at the US box office officially and it is on the verge of passing $400 million worldwide, which it should do this coming weekend with it's last opening in Japan (May 18th). While some will said it's US take is nothing to write home about it's the International side that is more impressive, particularly China.
As it has become increasingly obvious films do not have to have huge takes in the US to be viewed as successful, the first Pacific Rim was one that got approved for a sequel based on the $100 plus million it did in China. In the case of Rampage it's China box office is none to shabby, it currently is at nearly $155 million.
To compare only Kong: Skull Island (of the recent giant monster films) was higher with $168 million, and many Marvel films failed to beat it, even Black Panther which hit only about $105 million there. China is the second biggest market behind the US so a films success there is a big deal and helps in a films bottom line and approval for sequels. $400 million is the sort of magic number for success for big blockbusters (depending on budget, promotion), Rampage falls into that category.
Below is a comparison to other similar action films.
China Box Office Totals (Via Box Office Mojo)
Rampage had another strong weekend outing while it finished a close second to surprise hit A Quiet Place it beat to new films. Rampage ($21 million) was only a million behind A Quiet Place and beat both Super Troopers 2 ($14.7 million), and I Feel Pretty ($16.2 million) both in their first weekend.
Rampage's drop of 41% from it's first week was better than many thought, it's US take is at $66.6 million, with it's international total at $216.4 million, for a total of $283 million. While this is positive news for Rampage it's not such good news for Pacific Rim: Uprising, the other recently released monster film.
Rampage has already overtaken PRU even though it open two weeks after it. In the US Rampage is ahead by $8 million, and even though PRU has a $7 million advantage internationally Rampage is ahead by $1 million overall. What also does't help PRU is they had a home field advantage, so to speak, with China (the owners of Legendary Pictures are based there) and after a strong start the box office there has collapsed for the film and it looks like if will fall far short of the first film despite that stronger start.
Critics ratings of the two films weren't far apart but fan ratings were much better for Rampage, which probably has help Rampage to stay strong at the box office (82% for Rampage vs. 47% for PRU via RT).
Other issue is profit, PRU budget was $150 million while Rampage was only $120 million, even if they finished around the same total take Rampage would have the better bottom line. Legendary/Universal did more promoting of PRU too (via social media, and more merchandise tie-ins) but those didn't seem to help. The possible sequel looks very unlikely at this point for PRU.
Update 4/24: Actuals have come in and PRU has edged up a little worldwide, slightly ahead of Rampage. Most of the rest posted stayed the same.
Rampage opened at number one at the box office although it wasn't easy because of the surprise hit A Quiet Place. A Quiet Place surprised everyone last week with it's $50 million domestic opening weekend so it wasn't clear if Rampage would be able to beat it. Rampage opened with $34.5 million in the US about $2 million ahead of A Quiet Place,
Rampage also did well overseas with over $114 million. Rampage beat the other recent giant monster film Pacific Rim Uprising in the US by approx $6 million, although PRU gained it back and more overseas where it beat Rampage $122 million to $114 million (approx.). The two films finished very close for their first weekends (150.5 PRU to 148.5 Rampage worldwide) the big question will be can Rampage hold on to more of it audience than PRU did, Avengers Infinity War hits in less than two weeks so it will need to.
Comparing the two films it does look like Rampage had the stronger competition but that could be argued, but Rampage has gone over better with audiences (81% to PRU 49% approval via Rotten Tomatoes) which can help it. We felt both films were pretty good and it was hard to truly compare them even though they are both giant monster films, they aren't a straight apple to apple type comparison. Hopefully the results will be looked at positively so we will continue to get more kaiju related films.