More riches for Crazy Rich Asians as romcom tops US box office for 2nd weekend

More riches for Crazy Rich Asians as romcom tops US box office for 2nd weekend
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WASHINGTON - Romcom Crazy Rich Asians continued to sparkle in North America, topping the box office for the second weekend running, according to industry estimates Sunday (Aug 26).

The Warner Bros adaptation of Singapore-born author Kevin Kwan's best-selling novel of the same name took US$25 million (S$34 million), almost matching its US$26.5 million debut last week, box office tracker Exhibitor Relations said.

Starring veteran actress Michelle Yeoh, British-Malaysian former BBC host Henry Golding and American sitcom star Constance Wu, the film tells the story of an American economics professor who meets her super-wealthy boyfriend's family in Singapore.

It is the first major studio release with a mostly Asian cast since The Joy Luck Club in 1993.

Stars of Crazy Rich Asians shine bright at Singapore premiere

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    He was joined on the carpet by his wife, actress and fitness instructor Liv Lo.

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    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.

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    Pierre Png and wife Andrea D'cruz

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    Director John M. Chu (R) and his wife Kristin Hodge

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    Fiona Xie, who plays Kitty Pong in the film.

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    Actor Chris Pang walks the emerald carpet in Singapore.

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    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.

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    The film, based on the 2013 bestseller of the same name by novelist Kevin Kwan, opens in theatres in Singapore on Aug 22.

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    Malaysian actress Carmen Soo.

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    Singapore actress Koh Chieng Mun.

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    Constance Lau

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    Janice Koh

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    Selena Tan

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    Producer John Penotti and guests pose at the film premiere of "Crazy Rich Asians"

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Shark attack thriller The Meg clung on to the runner-up spot for another week, taking US$13 million - a significant tumble from last week's earnings of US$21.2 million.

It stars action movie regular Jason Statham as a rescue diver who tries to save scientists trapped in a submarine from a huge, prehistoric shark.

In at third was newly-released mystery The Happytime Murders, which took US$10 million.

Based in a world where humans and puppets co-exist, the film follows a joint police force as they probe a recent murder spree targeting puppet TV stars.

On its heels with takings of US$8 million was Tom Cruise's action blockbuster Mission: Impossible - Fallout, which took fourth place in its fifth weekend in theatres.

Fifth went to Disney's live-animated hybrid Christopher Robin, which took US$6.3 million.

Ewan McGregor plays Winnie the Pooh's now grown-up and stressed-out pal who reunites with his old stuffed friend.

Rounding out this weekend's top 10 were: Mile 22 (US$6 million); Alpha (US$5.6 million); BlackKklansman (US$5.3 million); A.X.L (US$3 million), and Slender Man (US$2.8 million).

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