The second time wasn’t quite the charm this past weekend for the “47 Meters Down” scuba diving (or, to some, “sharksploitation“) film franchise, with “Uncaged” debuting at $8.4 million, taking the No. 7 spot in the U.S. box office and well below studio expectations.
According to the official synopsis:
“47 Meters Down: Uncaged follows the diving adventure of four teenage girls (Sophie Nélisse, Corinne Foxx, Brianne Tju and Sistine Stallone) exploring a submerged Mayan City. Once inside, their rush of excitement turns into a jolt of terror as they discover the sunken ruins are a hunting ground for deadly Great White Sharks. With their air supply steadily dwindling, the friends must navigate the underwater labyrinth of claustrophobic caves and eerie tunnels in search of a way out of their watery hell.”
With its $12 million production budget, according to Box Office Mojo, chances are that the film will at least break even, since it also made an additional million dollars outside the USA. But that will likely be short shrift given Entertainment Studio’s opening-weekend projections of $15 million to $16 million.
Its 2017 predecessor “47 Meters Down” opened at No. 5 with $11.2 million in its first weekend, with a U.S. domestic total gross of $44.3 million on a $5.3 million production budget.
What do you think of these numbers? Did “Uncaged” exceed or match your expectations, good or bad? Was it great or did it stink like a rotting fish? Do you like these kinds of movies or would you rather sharks be portrayed in a more positive light? Leave a comment in the DeeperBlue Forums.