Any doubts about whether there would be a market for a romantic comedy featuring a predominantly Asian-American cast have been quashed now that "Crazy Rich Asians" has exceeded all expectations, capturing a five-day total of $34 million at the domestic box office in its opening weekend.
Studios on Sunday say that Crazy Rich Asians took in an estimated $25.2 million USA from 3,384 locations over the weekend.
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The two-hour film had a production budget of $30 million and was expected to take in as much as $25 million from Friday to Sunday for AT&T Inc.'s newly acquired Warner Bros. division.
Wahlberg's R-rated "Mile 22" opened in third with an estimated $13.6 million. The film cost an estimated $35 million to make, according to IMDb.com. "The Meg" continues to thrive at the foreign box office, and while it's not the No. 1 film in America this weekend, it is the top grosser across the world, passing $300 million at the foreign box office.
In limited release, Sony Pictures Classics' "The Wife" opened with $111,137, and Roadside Attractions' "Juliet, Naked" debuted with $60,922. The film, which opened in 2,719 theaters, was well-received, with 83 percent of critics recommending it. And with the season box office up over 11% from last year's historically bad summer offering, this year proves that the summer movie season is still a cash cow - if the movies are worth seeing for all audiences.
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"The box office is on a roll", said comScore senior media analyst Paul Dergarabedian, noting the diverse genre offerings in cinemas this summer.
Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at USA and Canadian theaters, according to comScore. "Mile 22" is the fourth collaboration between Wahlberg and director Peter Berg.
"The Meg", $21.2 million ($67 million international).
Rounding out the top tier are Disney's Christopher Robin at No. 6 with $8.9 million, BlacKkKlansmen at No. 7 with $7 million, Slender Man at No. 8 with $5 million, Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation at No. 9 with $3.7 million and Mamma Mia!: Here We Go Again at No. 10 with $3.4 million.
"Mission: Impossible - Fallout", $20.5 million. Recently, Anna Faris and Eugenio Derbez' remake of "Overboard" debuted with a modest $14 million.