Chinese cinemagoers not crazy over Crazy Rich Asians

BEIJING - It may have been a big hit in the United States but Chinese cinemagoers are not crazy over the movie Crazy Rich Asians.

Opening over the weekend in China, the film has not enjoyed rich pickings, trade publication Variety reported.

The movie is projected to come in only at No. 8 at the Chinese box office, netting only US$410,000 (S$563,000) on Friday and US$400,000 on Saturday.

With lukewarm interest in the romantic comedy that stars Constance Wu and Henry Golding, the number of screenings in theatres was reportedly reduced by 43 per cent on Saturday to 18,700, from 32,000 the day before.

Pundits had wondered if Crazy's December opening in China - long after it had been rolled out in the US in August - would work against it, since the buzz over its Hollywood breakthrough with an Asian cast had died.

The movie had many scenes shot in Singapore and grossed US$237 million worldwide. A sequel is said to be in the works, with talk that it could be shot in Shanghai.

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Stars of Crazy Rich Asians shine bright at Singapore premiere

  • Actor Henry Golding (R) and his wife Liv Lo (L) arrive at the film premiere of "Crazy Rich Asians" at the Capitol Theatre in Singapore on August 21, 2018.
  • Hundreds turned up at the Capitol Theatre on Tuesday night (Aug 21) to greet the stars of the film Crazy Rich Asians at the Singapore premiere of the surprise Hollywood hit.
  • The main attraction was lead actor Malaysian-British actor Henry Golding, who plays Nick Young, the heir to a fortune amassed by Singapore's wealthiest family.
  • He was joined on the carpet by his wife, actress and fitness instructor Liv Lo.
  • Also present were Singapore actors Pierre Png, Tan Kheng Hua, Koh Chieng Mun, Fiona Xie, Selena Tan, Janice Koh, Amy Cheng and Constance Lau, as well as photographer Russel Wong and others.
  • Pierre Png and wife Andrea D'cruz
  • Director John M. Chu (R) and his wife Kristin Hodge
  • Fiona Xie, who plays Kitty Pong in the film.
  • Actor Chris Pang walks the emerald carpet in Singapore.
  • The film's weekend takings of over US$35 million (S$47.9 million) in the United States has far exceeded expectations for the romantic comedy, with many seeing its success as a sign that audiences are hungry for fun love stories, and will welcome films that feature non-whites in leading roles.
  • The film, based on the 2013 bestseller of the same name by novelist Kevin Kwan, opens in theatres in Singapore on Aug 22.
  • Malaysian actress Carmen Soo.
  • Singapore actress Koh Chieng Mun.
  • Constance Lau
  • Janice Koh
  • Selena Tan
  • Producer John Penotti and guests pose at the film premiere of "Crazy Rich Asians"

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