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Box Office Report: Crazy For Feeling So Rich

By Kayleigh Donaldson | Film | September 2, 2018 |

By Kayleigh Donaldson | Film | September 2, 2018 |


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Yes, that’s right: Three weeks at the top for Crazy Rich Asians! It made $22.2m this Labour Day weekend - only dropping 10% from last weekend - and just soared past $110m domestically! It’s yet to open in most of the major international territories but even without those numbers, domestic reach has the film so damn close to making four times its budget. The Best Popular Film Oscar is total arse-shit, but seriously, Warner Bros. are totally going to mount a campaign for this film, right?

Want to know how good Crazy Rich Asians is doing? It’s made $110m in three weeks, while The Meg has made $120m in four weeks. Hell yeah! That’s not to knock Jason Statham’s shark punch-palooza. The fact that it’s still making this kind of money in America is sort of astounding, and its international gross just went past $460m. Close to three quarters of its gross has come from foreign box office, no surprise.

Speaking of big grossing films, Mission: Impossible - Fallout is close to $650m worldwide, putting it solidly at number 6 on the list of the highest grossing films of 2018 so far. But that’s nothing compared to Incredibles 2, which past $600m domestically this weekend thanks to the Labour Day boost - only the 9th film to ever do so domestically. Disney were savvy enough to put this thing in an extra 1800 theatres this weekend. Their latest Pixar movie has made $185m more domestically than Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom but the dinosaurs are still a cool couple of hundred million ahead internationally. Indeed, Fallen Kingdom is about $47m away from topping Black Panther to be the second highest grossing film of 2018.

Debuting at number 4 is Operation Finale, starring Oscar Isaac, with $6m. It’s a mid-budget thriller with a great hook - Israeli agents track down Adolf Eichmann - so it could be a slow burn but it’ll depend on upcoming competition. September could be very tough.

The cool news this week came courtesy of Pajiba 10 honouree John Cho and Searching. In its second week, the cyber-thriller opened to an extra 1200 or so theatres and made a cool $5.7m, with a per-screen average of around $4700. So yeah, John Cho for all the roles now, please?

The news wasn’t so good for Kin, which failed to debut in the top 10 thanks to a paltry $3m opening weekend.

I wondered if The Little Stranger was cursed or something because it seemed odd to me that Focus Features would dump it at the end of August, with little promotion and no festival appearances. It only made $417k from 474 theatres. Usually that happens when a film sucks but reviews were very solid for this one.

This coming week sees the release of I Am Not a Witch (it’s great, go see it), The Nun, Jennifer Garner’s return to action in the pretty problematic looking Peppermint, and a film based on a country song made by the people who gave us God’s not Dead. Uh huh.

You can check out the rest of the weekend box office here.

What films did you watch this weekend? Let us know in the comments.



Kayleigh is a features writer for Pajiba. You can follow her on Twitter.



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