The competition wasn’t great and it’s been a quieter week, but even then, the second week performance of Crazy Rich Asians is astoundingly good. How good? Talk about a second weekend drop of just 5.7%. No, that is not a misplaced full stop there. That means an extra $25m in the bank this weekend, bringing its domestic total to over $76m in less than a fortnight. Warner Bros. are popping the champagne corks as we speak. Why the great numbers? Even putting into context the outside factors, this is one hell of a show. I’ve heard a lot of reports of people going back to see the film, and that may explain its hold on the top spot this week. This weekend it brought in $1.8m from Singapore, making it the largest opening for a romantic comedy ever in that market, followed by a $1.5m opening in the Philippines. Its opening date has been bumped up in many international markets too. The U.K. will get the film next month instead of November, hurrah!
Warner Bros. saw good third week numbers with The Meg too, which has now made $105.3m domestically and $408m internationally. To contextualize that, it’s $10m behind overtaking the domestic gross of Peter Rabbit and it’s already out-grossed Fifty Shades Freed. So there you have it: Jason Statham is officially better than Christian Grey.
Things weren’t so good for The Happytime Murders. Melissa McCarthy’s naughty puppet film made a disappointing $10m. For a film with a $40m budget, that’s definitely not good news. Bad reviews didn’t help, but I also wonder who this film was for.
So, hey, did we all know about this film A.X.L., right? The film about the robot dog? Based on a short film funded by Kickstarter? Produced by David S. Goyer? Starring Becky G? Okay, me neither. But this thing still opened in 1700 theatres and somehow made close to $3m, putting it at number 9. Don’t worry, I’m sure we won’t be talking about it this time next week.
Sony’s latest thriller, Searching, opened in a limited release and made around $360k from only 9 theatres: That’s a $40k per theatre average! See, the power of Pajiba 10 inductee John Cho! The film opens wide next week so make sure you go see it and cement Cho’s leading man status.
I’ve been hearing people on Twitter talk about Ant-Man and The Wasp as the flop Marvel refuses to acknowledge. Granted, it didn’t do Infinity War numbers but nobody expected it to. However, the film finally opened in China and made around $68m there, the fourth largest opening for a film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the market. So far, it’s made $544m worldwide. The first film made $519m. So yeah, Marvel aren’t worried.
Next weekend sees the release of The Little Stranger and Kin, a sci-fi action film starring Zoe Kravitz and James Franco. Look, it’s going to be a dry couple of weeks until Oscar season officially starts.
You can check out the rest of the weekend box office here.
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