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What’s summer without a bite of aquatic horror these days? Following gator danger in July’s Crawl comes 47 Meters Down: Uncaged, another shark-thriller from director Johannes Roberts. The new weekend release is the sequel to 2017’s indie hit 47 Meters Down, which had This is Us’ Mandy Moore and Claire Holt’s sister characters trapped in a shark cage at the bottom of the ocean during a vacation in Mexico.
The original low-budget film surprised at the box office when the former straight-to-DVD release made waves was the No. 3 new movie during its opening weekend, debuting at $11 million on a $5 million production budget. 47 Meters Down: Uncaged features an entirely new cast of young actors. CinemaBlend’s own Jeff McCobb sat down with them and they said this of the predecessor’s success:
As shown in the exclusive interview, 47 Meters Down: Uncaged’s ensemble cast had varying levels of knowledge of the shark tale before coming on to the sequel. Most of them knew of it and were excited about jumping on to an indie that impressed at the box office with high earnings (approximately $62 million worldwide).
Brianne Tju explained that she was already a fan of the 2017 sleeper hit before nabbing an audition to the sequel. When she got the opportunity and read the script, which upped the stakes of the original’s concept, she was more than ready to be a part of it. Corinne Foxx said she had no idea it had broken records for indie movies in 2017 or how devoted the shark movie fanbase was when she signed on. Similarly, Sophie Nélisse had only just come across the release on Netflix when she got an audition.
The cast also consisting of Sylvester Stallone’s daughter Sistine Rose Stallone, Davi Santos, Teen Wolf actor Khylin Rhambo, NCIS’s Nia Long and My Big Fat Greek Wedding’s John Corbett was an exhausting filming process, as the cast also told CinemaBlend. They started filming exterior shots in the beautiful Dominican Republic, which didn’t feel like work. Once they got in the tanks to film 80% of their shots for two months, it was a harrowing shoot.
47 Meters Down: Uncaged follows four teens who find shark infested territory while scuba diving together on vacation. The movie opens against a ton of new releases this weekend including Good Boys, Where’d You Go Bernadette, Blinded By the Light and The Angry Birds Movie 2. Uncaged is expected to open at the No. 5 slot, once again as the No. 3 new release at a $9.5 million debut weekend.
Shark movies have consistently found killer numbers with recent films such as The Meg and The Shallows also making good cash over the summer.
47 Meters Down: Uncaged is in theaters now!