47 Meters Down

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47 Meters Down
47 Meters Down (2017) Theatrical Release Poster.png
Theatrical release poster
Directed byJohannes Roberts
Produced by
  • James Harris
  • Mark Lane
Written by
  • Johannes Roberts
  • Ernest Riera
Music byTomandandy
CinematographyMark Silk
Edited byMartin Brinkler
  • The Fyzz Facility
  • Dragon Root
  • Flexibon Films
  • Lantica Pictures
  • Dimension Films
Distributed byEntertainment Studios Motion Pictures
Release date
  • 12 June 2017 (2017-06-12) (Regency Village Theatre)
  • 16 June 2017 (2017-06-16) (United States)
  • 26 July 2017 (2017-07-26) (United Kingdom)
Running time
89 minutes[1]
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
Budget$5.3 million[2]
Box office$61.7 million[3]

47 Meters Down is a British 2017 survival horror film directed by Johannes Roberts, written by Roberts and Ernest Riera, and starring Claire Holt and Mandy Moore.[4] The plot follows two sisters who are invited to cage dive while on holiday in Mexico. When the cable holding the cage breaks and it plummets to the ocean floor with the two girls trapped inside, they must find a way to escape, with their air supplies running low and great white sharks stalking nearby.

It was released in the United States on 16 June 2017, and in the United Kingdom on 26 July 2017. The film received mixed reviews but was a box office success, grossing over $61 million worldwide against a budget of about $5 million.

A sequel, titled 47 Meters Down: Uncaged, is scheduled for a release on 28 June 2019.


Sisters Lisa (Mandy Moore) and Kate (Claire Holt) are on vacation in Mexico after Lisa's boyfriend recently broke up with her. In an attempt to cheer her up, Kate takes her out drinking and dancing, where they meet two local men who invite them to go and watch sharks from a diving cage. Lisa hesitates, but Kate argues it would show Lisa's ex-boyfriend that she isn't boring and would make him regret breaking up with her.

When they arrive at the boat dock, Lisa is immediately wary of the boat and its owner, Captain Taylor. He asks if the sisters are experienced divers; Kate is certified but Lisa is new to diving, but they lie and say they are both experienced. The dive cage is old and rusty, and hangs from thin chains on an old crane, adding further to Lisa's apprehensions. When they reach the diving spot, Captain Taylor baits the sharks and the locals dive first. Unbeknownst to everyone on the boat, the cable supporting the cage starts to fray. The men return to the surface and Captain Taylor sends Lisa and Kate down.

After a few minutes, with Lisa and Kate in the cage, the cable breaks and the cage sinks to the bottom, some 47 meters below the surface and out of communication range with the boat. Kate swims up seven meters to resume communications with Captain Taylor, who tells her Javier will be coming down with a spare winch to attach to the cage. He advises them to stay in the cage as the sharks are circling close by. Both women are quickly running out of air but soon see a flashlight in the distance. With Kate low on air from the previous swim, Lisa swims out to get Javier's attention. A shark tries to attack her but she swims into a small grotto to avoid it.

While looking around for Javier, Lisa becomes disoriented about her position and Kate's location. Javier then appears and attempts to usher her back towards safety, but he is attacked and killed by a shark. Lisa takes Javier's spear gun and the spare winch, and swims back toward the cage. After the spare is attached, Lisa notifies Taylor to pull them up, but the replacement winch line also snaps and the cage sinks back to the bottom. The cage lands on Lisa's leg, pinning her down.

Kate swims back up to communication range to tell Taylor they are low on air and that Lisa is trapped. Taylor sends some air tanks down and tells them the coast guard is an hour out. He also warns her that the second tank may cause nitrogen narcosis, which can lead to hallucinations. Kate finds three flares to signal the coast guard. As she returns to the cage, Kate is attacked and presumably killed by a shark. Lisa, still pinned and running low on air, uses the spear from the spear gun to pull a spare tank toward her. In the process, the spear cuts her hand. She dons the new tank, and then hears Kate over the radio.

Kate is injured and her blood is attracting more sharks. Lisa uses her BCD to lift up the cage, freeing her leg. After Lisa finds Kate, Taylor tells them the coast guard is still some time out and they need to get back in the cage. Lisa refuses due to the nature of Kate's wounds and they decide to swim to the surface, using one of the three flares to scare the sharks. At the 20-meter mark, they are reminded by Taylor they must wait five minutes to decompress and avoid the bends. As the first flare burns out, Kate tries to light the second flare but drops it. As she lights the third flare, the sisters realise they are surrounded by sharks.

Taylor yells for them to drop their gear and make a break for the surface, and they swim as fast as they can toward the boat. One of the sharks bites Lisa's leg and pulls her back down into the water, but she manages to escape. Both women make it to the boat and get pulled in, but Lisa is attacked by a shark who grabs onto her leg, pulling her down. She hits the shark and gouges its eye out with the spear gun, and the shark releases her. The men pull Lisa and Kate onto the boat and begin administering first aid.

Lisa stares at her bloody hand on the deck of the boat and realises she has been vividly hallucinating due to nitrogen narcosis; she is still at the bottom of the ocean with her leg pinned under the cage. Coast guard divers arrive to rescue her and carry Lisa to the surface. Lisa eventually comes out of her hallucination and realises her sister is not with her.



Principal photography began in July 2015 and concluded the following month. Additional photography took place in January 2016.


Original distributor Dimension Films had initially set a North American DVD and VOD release date for 2 August 2016. However, on 25 July 2016, Variety reported that Dimension had sold the rights to Entertainment Studios. Entertainment Studios cancelled the 2 August home release and instead committed to a theatrical release in the United States in summer 2017.[5] The working title for the film was 47 Meters Down, which Dimension had changed to In the Deep for their home release, but upon acquiring the film Entertainment Studios reverted to the original title. Dimension had already sent out screeners and shipped DVDs to retailers before the deal took place. The DVDs, under the title In the Deep, were recalled; however, several retailers broke the street date, and a handful of physical copies were sold and have since turned up on eBay as collectors' items.[6]

After the purchase, Entertainment Studios reverted to the original title 47 Meters Down.[7] The film was released theatrically in the United Kingdom on 26 July 2017 & United States on 16 June 2017,[5] and spent about $30 million on promotion and advertisement.[8]


Box office[edit]

47 Meters Down grossed $44.3 million in the United States and Canada and $17.4 million in other territories for a worldwide total of $61.7 million, against a production budget of $5.5 million.[3]

In North America, 47 Meters Down was released alongside All Eyez on Me, Rough Night and Cars 3, and was initially projected to gross around $5 million from 2,300 theatres in its opening weekend.[9] It made $4.5 million on its first day (including $735,000 from Thursday night previews), increasing weekend estimates to $11 million. It went on to debut to $11.5 million, finishing 5th at the box office.[8] In its second weekend, the film dropped 34%, grossing $7.4 million and finishing 4th at the box office.[10] It was one of the highest-grossing indie films of 2017.[11]

Critical response[edit]

On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 55% based on 139 reviews, with an average rating of 5.4/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "47 Meters Down doesn't take its terrifying premise quite as far as it should, but its toothy antagonists still offer a few thrills for less demanding genre enthusiasts."[12] On Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating, the film has a score of 52 out of 100, based on 24 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[13] Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "C" on an A+ to F scale, while PostTrak reported filmgoers gave it a 55% overall positive score.[8]


Award Date of ceremony Category Recipient(s) and nominee(s) Result Ref.
Saturn Awards June 2018 Best Horror Film 47 Meters Down Nominated [14]


On 8 September 2017, it was announced that production studio, The Fyzz Facility, is working on a sequel titled 48 Meters Down, in which Roberts, Riera, and Harris & Lane will return as director/writer, co-writer, and producers, respectively.[15] The sequel will take place in Brazil and center around a group of young women who decide to explore some hidden underwater ruins located off-the-beaten trail. Production will be overseen by Altitude Film Sales, with potential buyers currently being sought in Toronto.[16] Entertainment Studios will once again handle distribution for the film, with a planned release of 28 June 2019.[17] In August 2018, the film's first trailer was released with a new official title 47 Meters Down: The Next Chapter.[18] By December of the same year, the official title of the film will be 47 Meters Down: Uncaged. The film will star John Corbett, Nia Long, Sophie Nelisse, Corinne Foxx, Sistine Stallone, Brianne Tju, Davi Santos and Khylin Rhambo.[19]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "2017 Feature Film Study" (PDF). FilmL.A. 8 August 2018: Page 23. Retrieved 9 August 2018.
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  4. ^ Selcke, Dan (7 May 2015). "Mandy Moore to be trapped in a cage surrounded by sharks in 47 Metres Down". A.V. Club. Retrieved 18 May 2015.
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  6. ^ Tinta, Mark (19 June 2017). "In Theaters: 47 METERS DOWN (2017)". Good Efficient Butchery. Retrieved 19 June 2017.
  7. ^ McNary, Dave (25 July 2016). "Mandy Moore's Shark Tale '47 Meters Down' Bought From Weinsteins". Variety. Retrieved 22 November 2016.
  8. ^ a b c "'Cars 3' $53M+ Is Third Best Debut For Pixar Series; 'Wonder Woman' Still Wows With $40M+; 'All Eyez on Me' Solid". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 18 June 2017.
  9. ^ "Pixar's 'Cars 3' should unseat 'Wonder Woman' at the box office". Los Angeles Times. 13 June 2017.
  10. ^ "Why 'Transformers' Is Screaming For Reboot After $69M Start; 'Wonder Woman' & 'Cars 3' Fight Over 2nd Place". Deadline Hollywood. 25 June 2017.
  11. ^ Erbland, Kate. "The 20 Highest Grossing Indies of 2017 (A Running List) – IndieWire". IndieWire. Retrieved 19 August 2017.
  12. ^ "47 Meters Down (2017)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango. Retrieved 18 September 2018.
  13. ^ "47 Meters Down Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 7 March 2018.
  14. ^ McNary, Dave (March 15, 2018). "'Black Panther,' 'Walking Dead' Rule Saturn Awards Nominations". Variety. Archived from the original on March 15, 2018. Retrieved March 15, 2018.
  15. ^ McNary, Dave (26 October 2017). "Byron Allen's Entertainment Studios Buys '47 Meters Down' Sequel". Variety. Variety Media, LLC. Penske Business Media, LLC. ISSN 0042-2738. OCLC 810134503. Retrieved 31 March 2018.
  16. ^ Cureton, Sean (8 September 2017). "47 Meters Down is Getting a Sequel From the Same Director". Screenrant. Retrieved 8 September 2017.
  17. ^ Busch, Anita (26 October 2017). "Byron Allen's Entertainment Studios Will Distribute Indie Sequel '48 Meters Down'". Deadline. Retrieved 16 December 2017.
  18. ^ Pearson, Ben (August 9, 2018). "'47 Meters Down: The Next Chapter' Trailer: Rinse, Shark, Repeat". Slash Film. Retrieved December 1, 2018.
  19. ^ Wiseman, Andreas (December 10, 2018). "'47 Meters Down' Sequel: Sistine Stallone & Corinne Foxx Make Film Debuts With Shoot Underway; Summer 2019 Release Date". Deadline. Retrieved December 10, 2018.

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