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Meg 2 Proves It's Jason Statham's Real Franchise Future

Meg 2: The Trench was a surprise box office success, showing that The Meg franchise may be key to Jason Statham's movie franchise future.

Jason Statham is one of the biggest action stars of the modern era, and Meg 2: The Trench has proven that it is Statham's real franchise future after the actor's other 2023 box office disappointments. 2023 has been a rough year at the box office for blockbusters, with many movies that seemed like guaranteed hits flopping. Several of Jason Statham's movies have been subject to this problem, with multiple Statham movies failing critically and commercially after being released. Meg 2: The Trench, however, managed to avoid this problem, showing that it may truly be the future of Statham's career in massive movie franchises.

Meg 2: The Trench is the sequel to 2018's The Meg, with both of the ridiculous shark movies being surprisingly well received at the box office. Both The Meg films have starred Jason Statham, and while they have worked, this has been surprising to many longtime fans of the actors. Jason Statham has been known for acting in grounded, serious action films, with a CGI-heavy blockbuster about fighting prehistoric sharks not being something that Statham would typically be associated with. However, Statham's recent wave of success has been on the back of The Meg, proving an interesting point about the actor's franchise future.

As it turns out, Meg 2: The Trench was actually Jason Statham's most successful movie of 2023. Jason Statham appeared in four movies in 2023, and while each of them has their own fans, Meg 2: The Trench is the only one that was an actual box-office success. On a budget of around $139 million, Meg 2: The Trench managed to rake in $395 million, beating the profitability rule of thumb of doubling the budget to account for distribution and advertising costs. Meg 2: The Trench is one of the few blockbusters to turn a profit in 2023, with it being Statham's biggest box office success by far.

Jason Statham's other movies didn't fare nearly as well as Meg 2: The Trench, with the films ranging from box office disappointments to flops. Jason Statham's first movie of 2023 was Operation Fortune: Ruse de Guerre, with it making $49.1 million on a budget of $50 million. Statham followed this up with Fast X, which made $714.6 million on a $340 million budget, meaning that the film was just barely profitable. Statham's final film of the year was The Expendables 4, which was a massive flop, making only $51.1 million on a budget of $100 million. These three failures solidify Meg 2: The Trench as Statham's most profitable 2023 film.

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