'Crazy Rich Asians' enjoys monster hold


It was a crazy weekend for Crazy Rich Asians, as the Warner Bros. rom-com dropped less than six percent between its first and second weekend. Its weekend gross of $25 million brings its domestic total to-date to $76.8 million against a $30 million budget. Internationally, things are looking good as well; the film opened in a handful of international markets, including Singapore, bringing its worldwide cume to $83.9 million.

Fellow holdover The Meg also managed a successful weekend, landing in the number two position with a $13.million third weekend haul. Worldwide, the Jason Statham actioner is sitting on a quite good $408.6 million.

Less successful with moviegoers was STXfilms’ The Happytime Murders, which opened to an underwhelming $10 million on over 3,000 screens. That said, at least it managed a higher per-theatre average than new wide release A.X.L., which opened outside the top five with $2.9 million on 1,710 screens.

Rounding out the top five were Mission: Impossible - Fallout (weekend gross $8 million), closing in on $200 million domestic, and Christopher Robin (weekend gross $6.3 million). Bleecker Street gave Papillon a soft release on 544 screens, on which it netted a total opening gross of $1.1 million.

The weekend’s highest per-theatre average belonged to ScreenGems’ Searching, landing just outside the top 20 with $360,000 on nine screens, for a PTA of $40,000. Also new to theatres in limited release were The Bookshop ($48,000 on four screens), Oolong Courtyard ($15,000 on ten screens), Janus Films’ re-release of Andrei Rublev ($12,979 on two screens) and John McEnroe: In the Realm of Perfection ($8,060 on one screen).