In another astounding feat at the box office, Crazy Rich Asians is number one for the third weekend in a row. Bringing in $22.2 million, the film only saw a decline of about 10%. Needless to say, this a great hold. The romantic comedy has now earned $110.9 million domestically, and has a chance of getting near or over $200 million. It looks like the producers made a very wise choice when they decided to not sell to NetFlix and pushed for a theatrical release.
Jason Statham’s prehistoric shark film The Meg, based on the bestselling novel by Steve Alten, is number two again with a weekend take of $10.5 million, for a domestic total of $120.5 million. The international cume, led by China’s $144.3 million, is at $342.3 million, for a total global gross of $462.8 million. So, when are they going to announce the sequel? There are eight books/novellas in Alten’s Meg series, with a ninth, Meg: Purgatory, set to be released next year; so there’s more than enough source material to pull from. I expect we’ll hear a sequel announcement in a next few weeks.
Tom Cruise’s Mission: Impossible – Fallout rose a spot to come in at number three this weekend earning another $7 million bringing the domestic cume to $204.3 million. Fallout, the sixth film in the 22 year old franchise, is now the third highest grossing film domestically in the M:I series, but it should easily pass Ghost Protocol (#2) and Rogue Nation (#1) to take the top spot. It should also be noted that Fallout finally debuted in China this weekend and earned about $77.3 million according to Box Office Guru. That raised the international cume to $442.7 million. Look for Fallout to cross $700 million globally.
Coming in at number four is Chris Weitz’s Operation Finale starring Oscar Isaac and Oscar winner Ben Kingsley. The film follows Isaac as a secret agent attempting to track down Nazi officer Adolph Eichmann (Kingsley) after the end of World War 2. Finale earned a weak $7.7 million in it’s opening weekend.
Debuting at number five is Searching with $5.7 million. Starring John Cho of Harold and Kumar and the rebooted Star Trek film series. The film follows a father desperately searching for his missing 16 year old daughter via her computer history.
The Nun, the latest entry in The Conjuring universe, is projected to open around $40 million next week; so Crazy Rich Asians will likely have to settle for the second spot.
Here’s the full top ten. Please note, worldwide numbers include the domestic takes, so if you need to know what the international numbers are you’ll have to break out the calculator.
|Rank||Title||Weekend Take||Domestic Total||Worldwide Total|
|1.||Crazy Rich Asians||$22,235,000||$110,961,388||$130,861,388|
|3.||Mission: Impossible – Fallout||$7,000,000||$204,346,529||$647,046,529|
|6.||Disney’s Christopher Robin||$5,032,000||$85,440,868||$131,340,868|
|8.||The Happy Time Murders||$4,4105,000||$17,025,694||N/A|