The opening weekend for "Crazy Rich Asians" was historic. His second weekend was even more impressive.
The romantic comedy sensation slipped just 6 percent from its debut chart toping and back at the box office with $ 25 million in ticket sales, according to studio estimates Sunday. Almost as many people came over the weekend for "Crazy Rich Asians" as for the opening sheet from Friday to Sunday – an unprecedented stop for a non-holiday release. Drops of nearly 50 percent are common for broad releases.
But driven by enthusiastic reviews and the craving for a big Hollywood movie, led by Asian stars, "Crazy Rich Asians" shows almost unparalleled legs. After opening at $ 35.3 million Wednesday through Sunday last week and $ 26.5 million over the weekend, the Warner Bros. release ̵
Adaptation Kevin Kwan's best-selling novel, starring Constance Wu and Henry Golding, was backed by weak competition. STX Entertainment's critically acclaimed R-rated puppet caprice "The Happytime Murders" debuted at $ 10.1 million, a career-low wide release for star Melissa McCarthy. The robot dog fantasy "AXL" of the besieged Global Road Entertainment flopped at $ 2.9 million.
But the talk of the weekend was the continued success of "Crazy Rich Asians," who did the same thing from about a Saturday to the present.
"I've told my team that Big Foot sightings are more common than zero percent Saturday rubbish," said Jeff Goldstein, Warner Bros. sales chief.
Goldstein noted that after 44 percent of Asians, American audience over opening weekend, that percentage dropped to 27 percent on the second weekend while Caucasian and Hispanic ticket buyers grew. "The audience is expanding," he said.
The notable influence left many in Hollywood looking for comparisons. While such falling drops or second week increases regularly take place over holiday weekends, you need to return to people like The Sixth Sense (-3.4 percent in August 1999) and The Fugitive (-5.6 percent in August 1993). to find something similar.
There are a few other stray examples of films that have performed so well without adding much more theatricals like "Brother Bear," "The Puss in Boots," and "Mother's Day," but that's also "The Help," which was also opened in mid-August, fell by 23.1 percent to 169.7 million dollars at home and four Oscar nominations, including best picture.
"There is no greater indicator of audience enthusiasm than a minimal decline on the second weekend," said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for comScore. "This is not the product of the opening weekend hype Films, which are very popular with all viewers, and the film has become a cultural phenomenon. "
" Crazy Rich Asians "expanded internationally, albeit with a muted effect. He recorded an estimated $ 6 million in 18 markets, including $ 1.8 million on 105 screens in Singapore the film is set.
"The Happytime Murders", which cost about $ 40 million, hit the weekend with some of the worst reviews of the year (22 percent "fresh" on Rotten Tomatoes) despite the pedigree of Jim Henson Company Brian Henson Company chairman and son of Jim Henson, led the slippery detective story of Los Angeles, a kind of "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" for dolls. It is the second disappointment for STX who has also seen The thriller "Mile 22" by Mark Wahlberg is below average. At $ 6 million in the second week, he was thoroughly beaten by "Crazy Rich Asians"
. In the limited edition, the thriller "Searching" at John Cho landed a $ 28,000-screen average of $ 250.00 0 in nine cinemas
Estimated ticket sales Friday through Sunday in US and Canadian cinemas, comScore said. Where available, the latest international numbers are also included for Friday through Sunday. The final figures for the domestic will be published on Monday.
. 1 "Crazy Rich Asians", $ 25 million ($ 6 million international)
2. "The Meg", 13 million dollars
3. "The Happytime Murders," $ 10 million.
. 4 "Mission: Impossible – Fallout", $ 8 million
5. "Christopher Robin", $ 6.3 million
6. "Mile 22", $ 6 million.
. 7 "Alpha", $ 5.6 million
8. "BlacKkKlansman", $ 5.3 million
9. "A.X.L.", $ 2.9 million
10. "Slender Man," $ 2.8 Million
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