It hasbeen 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 theaters overall, industry watchers said Sunday.
The Warner Bros. film, with its mostly Asian cast, took in an estimated $22.2 million for the Friday-through-Sunday period, dropping just 10 percent 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 percent over last summer.
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.
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