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Box Office Weekend: "Searching" Has Impressive Opening and A-X-L Loses It's Bite

A.X.L. (2018) Miles (Alex Neustaedter)

Here are the early genre box office results of this past weekend Aug 20, 2018 - Aug 26, 2018

Week 34 Box Office Winner: Crazy Rich Asians

Warner Bros.'s prehistoric shark movie "The Meg" stayed in the number two spot in its third week. It lost about 39% to make $12.9 million for a domestic box office gross of $105 million and a worldwide total of $409 million.

Global Road's "A.X.L." about a boy who finds a robot dog opened in the number 10 spot. It made $2.8 million for a domestic box office gross of $3 million and a worldwide total of $3 million. It's not a terrible opening but it's a disaster for the fledgling studio. Hollywood Reporter says the studio is bracing for layoffs of more than half of the 130 employees.

Walt Disney's Ant-Man sequel about the incredible shrinking (growing) superheroes "Ant-Man and the Wasp" dropped two positions to the number 14 spot in its eighth week. It lost only 32% to make $1.8 million for a domestic box office gross of $211 million and a worldwide total of $544 million. This follows a huge opening in China. It pulled in an estimated $68 million. That's the fourth largest opening for a Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) movie in China.

Walt Disney's "Incredibles 2" slipped one position to the number 15 spot in its 11 week. It made 28% than it did last week to make $1.7 million for a domestic box office gross of $597 million and a worldwide total of $1141 million.

Universal's "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom" crawled down three positions to the number 18 spot in its 10 week. It lost about 35% to make $0.8 million for a domestic box office gross of $413 million and a worldwide total of $1.296 billion

Sony Pictures' cyber-thriller "Searching" about a guy who tries to solve the mystery of his daughter's kidnapping over a computer opened in the number 22 spot in its first week. It opened in a limited number of theaters (only nine) ahead of next week's big opening. So it's a good start at $360, 000 worldwide.

20th Century Fox's "The Darkest Minds" limped nine more places to the number 31 spot in it's fourth week. It lost a whopping 66% to make less than a million for a domestic box office gross of $12 million and a worldwide total of 35 million.

Walt Disney's "Solo: A Star Wars Story" continued it's downward spiral one position to the number 35 spot. It lost about 33% to make less than a million for a domestic box office gross of $214 million and a worldwide total of 393 million. For perspective, "The Meg" has made more in three weeks than the latest Star Wars movie has in more than two months.

What do you think of this week's box office results?
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