A24 took a record away from Marvel this week. The studio’s dramatic comedy “The Farewell” opened across four screens and made over $351K, giving the movie the record for highest theater average in 2019. The film debuted in New York and Los Angeles, and is already off to a terrific start despite the power outage in New York City over the weekend.
“Avengers: Endgame” had a theater average of $76.6k when it debuted in theaters earlier this year, but now the number to beat is $87.8K. “Avengers: Endgame” still holds more than a dozen records at the box office and is roughly $8M away from taking “Avatar’s” top spot as the highest-grossing film of all time. Marvel has to top “Avatar’s” 2.78B worldwide gross, which was set in 2009.
Lulu Wang directed “The Farewell” for the studio, and it stars Awkwafina as Billi. As of Sunday, July 14th, the movie had a perfect score on Rotten Tomatoes, scoring 100% with both critics and audiences. The critical acclaim going into opening weekend helped sales, and the surprise interest could push A24 to give the film a wider release over the next few weeks.
The film follows Billi (Awkwafina), born in China and raised in the United States. Billi returns to Changchun to find that the family’s matriarch, Nai-Nai, only has a short time left to live. The family makes the decision not to tell Nai Nai, and the family stages a wedding to bring the broad family together to say goodbye and preserve Nai-Nai’s happiness. The movie also features Tzi Ma, Diana Lin, Zhao Shuzhen, Lu Hong, and Jiang Yongbo.
If you missed the official trailer from A24, you can watch that video below.
Awkwafina soared to popularity with her character Peik Lin Goh in the mega-hit “Crazy Rich Asians” in 2018. The actor has several projects in the works, and is expected to play the role of Scuttle in Disney’s live-action “The Little Mermaid.” Awkwafina is also scheduled to star in “The Prom” with Nicole Kidman, and Meryl Streep, and Tate Taylor’s crime-drama “Breaking News In Yuba County.” While the actor is also appearing in “Jumanji: The Next Level,” you can hear her voice in the upcoming movies “The SpongeBob Movie: It’s a Wonderful Sponge” and “The Angry Birds Movie 2.”
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