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‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Tops Box Office

Jonathan Tao / August 23, 2018

Crazy Rich Asians is set to earn an estimated $35 million in the five days since it opened on Wednesday, hauling in $25.2 million over the weekend at 3,384 theaters in the U.S. and Canada. The film is number one in the U.S., knocking out Jason Statham’s amazing over-the-top shark flick, The Meg, and beating out the opening weekend results for Mark Wahlberg’s action-thriller, Mile 22.

This is huge news for Crazy Rich Asians, based on the best-selling book by Kevin Kwan that explores the funny collision between a young Chinese-American woman and her boyfriend’s rich family in Singapore. Made on a reported $30 million, the film is on set to rake in a huge profit for Warner Bros., beating analysts’ predictions, and has already received laudatory critical reviews and huge buzz. This proves that films featuring increasingly diverse faces and voices, just like Black Panther, can and will perform at the box office—it’s not just Hollywood pandering or “representation.” Crazy Rich Asians scored the best opening for a rom-com since Trainwreck in 2015. Audiences are truly hungry for original, fun, new films.

The film is set in Singapore, we’re curious how it will perform in East Asia. Crazy Rich Asians is on track to top $100 million at the domestic box office and will roll out worldwide in the coming weeks.

Starring Constance Wu, Henry Golding, and Michelle Yeoh, Crazy Rich Asians is now playing in theaters.