'Crazy Rich Asians' rules at the box office

'Crazy Rich Asians' rules at the box office

'Crazy Rich Asians' rules at the box office

Audiences fell in love with "Crazy Rich Asians". The movie, starring Constance Wu and Henry Golding, collected more than US$21 million (S$28.8 million) in three days after opening last Wednesday in the United States.

Of the total, the film took in US$25.2 million at the weekend. The shark thriller has amassed over $84 million in North America.

With the summer movie season wrapping up, "Crazy Rich Asians" is a strong end note.

Jeff Goldstein, Warner Brothers head of domestic distribution, said word of mouth had been key to the film's success. Not because it is the first all-Asian cast Hollywood film in 25 years, but simply because it is very, very good. "This is one of those few projects that a whole studio comes together with lots of passion".

Based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Kevin Kwan, CRA follows the life of a NY economics professor, Rachel Chu (Constance Wu), and Singaporean elite Nick Young (Henry Golding) as they take a trip to Singapore to attend Nick's best friend's wedding. Upon meeting his parents, she quickly finds out his family is one of the richest (and most judgmental!) in Singapore.

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Other cast members include Ken Jeong as Peik Lin's wealthy father Goh Wye Mun, Nico Santos as Nick's second cousin Oliver T'sien, Ronny Chieng as Nick's cousin and Fiona's husband Eddie Cheng, Victoria Loke as Eddie's wife from Hong Kong and Nick's cousin-in-law Fiona Tung-Cheng. In recent years, the genre has struggled at the box office.

"Oolong Courtyard: Kung Fu School", $14.8 million. Prior to that, "I Feel Pretty" - with Amy Schumer, Michelle Williams, Emily Ratajkowski - bowed with $16 million.

Critics didn't like "Mile 22", with just 22 percent recommending the film, according to Rotten Tomatoes. It had a $35 million production budget. The film is backed by Studio 8 and distributed by Sony.

Rounding out the rest of the top five: The PG-13-rated "Alpha", a prehistoric family adventure about a boy who befriends a lost wolf, tied for fourth place with Tom Cruise's latest "Mission: Impossible" installment, "Fallout". Overseas, The Meg stayed #1 with $67-M for a foreign haul of $230.4-M and $314.2-M worldwide. That's a smaller debut than analysts expected, but probably what this film deserves. Meanwhile, the year-to-date box office is up 8.8 percent.

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