‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Tops Box Office with $25M Weekend
A big win for 'Crazy Rich Asians' this weekend
“Crazy Rich Asians” hit the box office this weekend, the landmark film battled “The MEG” at the summer box office and topped the domestic charts. The excitement surrounding the film isn’t just because Constance Wu (Fresh Off the Boat) is staring in another terrific comedy, “Crazy Rich Asians” is also the first full-length American feature film to star a predominantly Asian cast in 25 years. The previous film was the 1993 hit “The Joy Luck Club” with Tamlyn Tomita, Rosalind Chao, and Kieu Chinh.
Thanks to a Wednesday opening in theaters, “Crazy Rich Asians” grossed over $34M this week. The comedy grossed over $25M across 3,384 locations during the traditional box office weekend, which landed the film in the top-spot on the domestic charts. “Crazy Rich Asians” was directed by Jon Chu, the film stars Constance Wu, Henry Golding, Michelle Yeoh, and Awkwafina.
“The MEG” dropped to second-place this weekend, grossing $21M across 4,118 locations. The shark-thriller has now made over $83.7M domestically for the studio in just two-weeks. “The Meg” was directed by Jon Turteltaub, the film features Jason Statham, Li Bingbing, Ruby Rose, and Jessica McNamee.
“Mile 22” had to settle for third-place overall on the charts this weekend, bringing in $13.6M across 3,520 locations. “Mile 22” was directed by Peter Berg, the film stars Mark Wahlberg, Iko Uwais, Ronda Rousey, and John Malkovich.
“Alpha” also had a quiet debut, the film grossed $10.5M across 2,719 locations this weekend. “Alpha” was directed by Albert Hughes, the film stars Kodi Smit-McPhee and Natassia Malthe.
Next weekend will offer a mixed assortment of movie genres to closeout August’s box office. The sci-fi family-adventurer “A.X.L.” is opening against the adult-comedy “The Happytime Murders” with Melissa McCarthy, Elizabeth Banks, and Maya Rudolph. The remake of “Papillon” with Rami Malek, Charlie Hunnam, and Tommy Flanagan is also releasing next weekend, but in a limited capacity, so interested moviegoers should check local listings.