pcloudyn.png
Sunday December 8th, 2019 6:19PM

'Crazy Rich Asians' banks another crazy rich weekend

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Crazy Rich Asians" isn't slowing down at the box office even in its third weekend in theaters, and is helping to send a strong summer moviegoing season off on a high note.

Studios on Sunday say the romantic comedy has topped the domestic charts again. Warner Bros. estimates that the film added an additional $22.2 million through Sunday, down only 10 percent from last weekend. To date, the film has grossed nearly $111 million from North American theaters, passing the lifetime domestic total of 2015's "Trainwreck," one of the last big studio rom-com success stories.

Should the pace hold through Monday, "Crazy Rich Asians" could also have one of the biggest Labor Day weekends ever by the time final numbers are reported on Tuesday. The current four-day Labor Day record sits with 2007's "Halloween" which opened with $30.6 million and some are projecting that "Crazy Rich Asians" could hit $30 million.

It easily won out over the holdovers and a few newcomers, like the Nazi war crime film "Operation Finale" and the sci-fi thriller "Kin."

Warner Bros.' shark pic "The Meg" took second place with an additional $10.5 million, bringing its global total to $462.8 million. "Mission: Impossible — Fallout," in its fifth weekend, added $7 million for a third place finish.

"Operation Finale" landed in fourth place with $6 million. The film starring Oscar Isaac and Ben Kingsley tells the story of how Mossad agent Peter Malkin captured Adolf Eichmann.

And the John Cho-led computer screen mystery "Searching" performed better than expected in its expansion to 1,200 screens, bringing in an estimated $5.7 million through Sunday and rounding out the top five.

The sci-fi thriller "Kin," with Zoe Kravitz and Dennis Quaid, did not fare as well, and opened outside of the top 10 to only $3 million from over 2,100 theaters.

In limited release, Lionsgate and Pantelion's Spanish-language "Ya Veremos" opened to $1.8 million from 369 locations. And Focus Features' gothic thriller "The Little Stranger" launched on 474 screens to $420,000.

"Pretty much every summer ends with a whimper...that's very typical," said comScore senior media analyst Paul Dergarabedian. "But this is going to be a very strong Labor Day weekend."

The weekend closes out the fruitful 2018 summer movie season. Box office tracker comScore is projecting that the 2018 summer box office will net out with around $4.39 billion, up over 14 percent from last year when the summer didn't even hit $4 billion. Year to date, the box office is up 9.9 percent.

The success of "Crazy Rich Asians'" also propelled an especially lucrative August, up almost 30 percent from last year. But, Dergarabedian warns, September is likely to take a bit of a hit.

"We're going to see a downturn in the year-to-date advantage. Last year 'It' propelled a record-breaking September," he said. "I don't think there's anything of that magnitude this September."

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to comScore. Where available, the latest international numbers for Friday through Sunday are also included. Final domestic figures will be released Tuesday.

1."Crazy Rich Asians," $22.2 million ($10.4 million international).

2."The Meg," $10.5 million ($17.7 million international).

3."Mission: Impossible — Fallout," $7 million ($89.1 million international).

4."Operation Finale," $6 million.

5."Searching," $5.7 million ($5.9 million international).

6."Christopher Robin," $5 million ($4.7 million international).

7."Alpha," $4.5 million ($6.6 million international).

8."The Happytime Murders," $4.4 million ($1.5 million international).

9."BlacKkKlansman," $4.1 million ($4.8 million international).

10."Mile 22," $3.6 million ($6 million international).

___

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at international theaters (excluding the U.S. and Canada), according to comScore:

1. "Mission: Impossible — Fallout," $89.1 million.

2. "The Meg," $17.7 million.

3. "Ant-Man and the Wasp," $15.8 million.

4. "Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation," $11.8 million.

5. "Crazy Rich Asians," $10.4 million.

6. "The Equalizer 2," $10 million.

7. "Incredibles 2," $9.6 million.

8. "Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again," $7.6 million.

9. "Alpha," $6.6 million.

10. "Mile 22," 6 million.

___

Universal and Focus are owned by NBC Universal, a unit of Comcast Corp.; Sony, Columbia, Sony Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Classics are units of Sony Corp.; Paramount is owned by Viacom Inc.; Disney, Pixar and Marvel are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; Miramax is owned by Filmyard Holdings LLC; 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight are owned by 21st Century Fox; Warner Bros. and New Line are units of Time Warner Inc.; MGM is owned by a group of former creditors including Highland Capital, Anchorage Advisors and Carl Icahn; Lionsgate is owned by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.; IFC is owned by AMC Networks Inc.; Rogue is owned by Relativity Media LLC.

___

Follow AP Film Writer Lindsey Bahr on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/ldbahr

  • Associated Categories: U.S. News, Associated Press (AP), AP National News, Top U.S. News short headlines, AP Entertainment, AP Online Movies News, AP Business
© Copyright 2019 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
'Crazy Rich Asians' banks another crazy rich weekend
"Crazy Rich Asians" isn't slowing down at the box office even in its third weekend in theaters
11:58AM ( 13 minutes ago )
2-state effort aimed at freeing mentally challenged woman
Supporters of a mentally challenged woman convicted in two states in the 1994 kidnapping and killing of two elderly women say she was actually a victim of the men involved in the crime and are pushing for her release
11:08AM ( 1 hour ago )
Arkansas race shows Democrats' hope for red state wins
A Democrat running for a congressional seat in red-state Arkansas is making a surprisingly competitive bid to unseat a Republican congressman by talking about his bout with cancer and the federal health care law
10:04AM ( 2 hours ago )
U.S. News
US general assumes NATO command in Afghanistan
U.S. Army Gen. Austin Scott Miller has assumed command of the 41-nation NATO mission in Afghanistan following a handover ceremony
11:50AM ( 21 minutes ago )
Serena faces Kanepi, Nadal seeks US Open quarterfinals
Serena Williams faces Kaia Kanepi, Rafael Nadal seeks US Open quarterfinals
11:38AM ( 33 minutes ago )
Russians rally to stop increase of pension eligibility age
Russians are holding rallies throughout the country to protest a government plan to raise the age for receiving state pensions
11:34AM ( 36 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
Foreign minister to Germans: get off the couch, fight racism
Germany's foreign minister tells his fellow countrymen they're too lazy when it comes to battling racism and fighting for democracy
7:32AM ( 4 hours ago )
McCain ends 81-year journey with burial at Naval Academy
McCain to be buried at Naval Academy after five-day procession that served as a final call to arms to a nation he feared had lost its civility
6:33AM ( 5 hours ago )
Dutch police still questioning Amsterdam stabbing suspect
Dutch police say detectives continue to question a 19-year-old Afghan man suspected of stabbing two American tourists at Amsterdam's main railway station in what is being investigated as an extremist attack
6:08AM ( 6 hours ago )
AP National News
Authorities identify 5 of 8 killed in New Mexico crash
Authorities have identified five of the eight people who were killed when a semi-trailer veered across a median and smashed into a Greyhound bus, The Albuquerque Journal reported
11:38PM ( 12 hours ago )
Priest: Family wants justice in killing of mother, daughters
A priest says Shanann Watts will be remembered as a 'woman of love' and her two young two daughters as being filled with life and joy
7:18PM ( 16 hours ago )
GOP-led Legislature may stymie 2 Michigan ballot drives
Michigan Republicans may stymie a pair of fall ballot initiatives to raise the minimum wage and require paid sick leave by adopting a new tactic: pass the laws themselves, then change them later
11:12AM ( 1 day ago )
Top U.S. News short headlines
McCain Notebook: Tributes, memories, tears, civility lessons
McCain Notebook: Tribute in Washington includes memories, tears and lessons in civility
10:20PM ( 13 hours ago )
High court pick Kavanaugh and his carefully constructed life
Conservative yet complex, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has lived a carefully constructed life that checks all the boxes of the Washington insider
6:59PM ( 17 hours ago )
McCain tributes echo with criticism of Trump
John McCain's daughter and two former presidents have delivered a public rebuke of President Donald Trump's divisive politics at the late senator's memorial service
6:36PM ( 17 hours ago )
AP Entertainment
President and stars join in epic farewell to Queen of Soul
A former president and music stars join in epic final farewell to Aretha Franklin
10:28PM ( 1 day ago )
The Latest: Aretha Franklin interred at Detroit cemetery
The Latest: Aretha Franklin interred at Detroit cemetery that is the final resting place of her father, two sisters
10:08PM ( 1 day ago )
Actress in 'ER,' 'Stand and Deliver' fatally shot by police
An actress who appeared on the TV medical drama "ER" and starred in the film "Stand and Deliver" was fatally shot by police officers in Southern California after they say she pointed a replica handgun at them
10:04PM ( 1 day ago )
AP Online Movies News
Russians rally against change in pension age
Russians are holding rallies throughout the country to protest a government plan to raise the age for receiving state pensions
8:07AM ( 4 hours ago )
UK prime minister says no, again, to second Brexit vote
Britain's prime minister has again spoken out against calls for a second referendum on Britain's decision to split with the European Union
7:15AM ( 4 hours ago )
China-Africa trade deficit prominent at conference
African banker: Continent's leaders likely to press Beijing over trade deficit at conference this week
2:07AM ( 10 hours ago )
AP Business
2-state effort aimed at freeing mentally challenged woman
Supporters of a mentally challenged woman convicted in two states in the 1994 kidnapping and killing of two elderly women say she was actually a victim of the men involved in the crime and are pushing for her release
11:08AM ( 1 hour ago )
Arkansas race shows Democrats' hope for red state wins
A Democrat running for a congressional seat in red-state Arkansas is making a surprisingly competitive bid to unseat a Republican congressman by talking about his bout with cancer and the federal health care law
10:04AM ( 2 hours ago )
2018's most volatile candidate (it's Trump) isn't on ballot
President Donald Trump loves to take his freewheeling political stylings on the road on behalf of his fellow Republicans and he's raring for the sprint to Nov. 6
9:34AM ( 2 hours ago )
Challenge for Congress: Consider Kavanaugh, keep lights on
Keep the government running and confirm Brett Kavanaugh as the next Supreme Court justice. Those are the big-ticket items GOP leaders hope to accomplish as lawmakers look to wrap up their work and head home to campaign for the November elections.
7:41AM ( 4 hours ago )
Aretha's lack of a will could make things rocky for heirs
As Aretha Franklin's four sons and other family members move on from her funeral in Detroit, they are left with the potentially tall task of finding out how many millions she was worth, and divvying it up, a process that could take years
6:57AM ( 5 hours ago )