‘Crazy Rich Asians’ came in no. 1 on opening day but could have some competition from shark thriller ‘The Meg’
“Crazy Rich Asians” could do crazy well at the box office.
The rom-com — the first studio movie in years to feature a largely Asian-American cast — brought in about $5 million on Wednesday, its opening day, topping shark thriller “The Meg” and action movie “Mission: Impossible – Fallout,” which brought in $3.4 million and $1.8 million respectively.
For “Crazy Rich Asians,” which is on track to bring in $25 million this week, success has higher stakes than some of its fellow summer blockbuster contenders.
The movie — which was directed by Jon M. Chu and stars Constance Wu, Henry Golding, Awkwafina and Michelle Yeoh — follows an economics professor as she meets her boyfriend’s family in Asia, and is surprised to learn that they are among the wealthiest families in Singapore.
Those involved in the film along with industry watchers hope that high sales will encourage more movies featuring Asian actors and actresses in main roles.
On-screen diversity has long been a problem in Hollywood. Though the issue has been raised more prominently and louder in recent years, research suggests representation still hasn’t changed much over the last decade.
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Competition could still be fierce this weekend, reports The Hollywood Reporter, with “The Meg” potentially giving “Crazy Rich Asians” a run for its money. “The Meg” brought in $16.6 million when it was released on August 10, and has continued to rake it in since then.
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Both that film and “Crazy Rich Asians” were adapted from popular novels and are being distributed by AT&T-owned Warner Bros. ATT, -1.62% but that’s where the similarities largely end.
The Meg” is a U.S.-Chinese co-production that stars Jason Statham and Li Bingbing. The casting, along with Chinese plot points, were likely intended to appeal to Chinese audiences, according to Variety.
They cost vastly different amounts to produce: for “The Meg,” an estimated $178 million, according to Deadline, compared with “Crazy Rich Asians”’ roughly $30 million.
Comparing “Crazy Rich Asians” to other movies’ opening days is tough because most movies open on a Friday, notes The Hollywood Reporter.
Critics also have overwhelmingly received “Crazy Rich Asians” positively, with the movie rating a 92% score on Rotten Tomatoes, while “The Meg” has a 48% rating.
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