‘The Meg’ proves that even a silly shark movie works in this year’s box office, as it wins the weekend with a surprising $44.5 million (T)

Warner Bros.’ “The Meg” earned $44.5 million to win the weekend box office. That doubles the industry projection for the movie. It’s now the highest-grossing live-action shark movie ever (not counting inflation), and the biggest opening this summer for a non-sequel movie.

Just how good has this year’s summer box office been to Hollywood? Even a shark movie that has more of a “Sharknado” feel than “Jaws” is making a killing at the multiplex.

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