'Crazy Rich Asians' still on top of N. America box office

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It has been another crazy good weekend for rom-com "Crazy Rich Asians," which topped the box office for a third straight weekend amid a pretty good summer for North American theatres overall, industry watchers said Sunday.

The Warner Bros. film, with its mostly Asian cast, took in an estimated $22.2 million (S$30.5 million) for the Friday-through-Sunday period, dropping just 10 per cent from the previous weekend, box office tracker Exhibitor Relations said.

The film's estimated take jumps to $28 million when Monday's Labor Day holiday is included.

The adaptation of Kevin Kwan's best-selling novel, starring Michelle Yeoh, Henry Golding and Constance Wu, follows an American economics professor as she meets her super-rich boyfriend's family in Singapore in a story about the clash of love, family and great wealth.

"Crazy Rich" also helped boost the summer box office to what Hollywood Reporter called a "spectacular year-over-year recovery," with domestic revenue expected to be up 14 per cent over last summer.

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"

Warner Bros. meanwhile scored another hit with shark-thriller "The Meg," in the No. 2 spot again with takings of $10.5 million. Jason Statham stars as a rescue diver trying to save scientists trapped in a submarine being attacked by a huge, prehistoric shark.

In third spot was Tom Cruise adventure film "Mission Impossible -- Fallout" from Paramount, which took in $7 million. Globally, the action blockbuster has earned $649 million, the best performance of any of the "MI" films to date.

Fourth went to MGM's new "Operation Finale," at $6 million. Oscar Isaac plays an Israeli Mossad agent who tracks Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann (Ben Kingsley) to the Buenos Aires suburb where he is living under a false name.

And in fifth was "Searching" from Sony, at $5.7 million. Written and directed by filmmaker Aneesh Chaganty, it tells the story of a Korean-American man's desperate effort to find his teenage daughter after she goes missing in California. It stars John Cho, Michelle La and Debra Messing.

Rounding out this weekend's top 10 were:

  • "Christopher Robin" ($5 million)
  • "Alpha" ($4.5 million)
  • "The Happytime Murders" ($4.4 million)
  • "BlackkKlansman" ($4.1 million)
  • "Mile 22" ($3.6 million)

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