Box Office: ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Closes Summer Season with $28-M
$TWX, $DIS, $VIA, $LGF
‘Operation Finale’ and ‘Searching’ open to solid numbers, SyFy action pic ‘Kin’ DOA, ‘Mission: Impossible — Fallout’ tops overseas with $77.3-M China debut.
Warner Bros.’ Crazy Rich Asians dominated the Labor Day box-office earning an estimated $28-M to boast the best gross for the long holiday weekend in more than 10 years and the 3rd-best of all time.
The Jon M. Chu-directed love story danced past the $100-M mark in its 3rd weekend, finishing Monday with $117-M.
The Summer box office made a spectacular Y-Y recovery. While final numbers will not be tallied until Tuesday, comScore is predicting + 14.4%, the best Summer-over-Summer increase in at least 20 years.
Domestic revenue for the 1 May to 3 September frame is an estimated $4.394-B, the 5th-best of all time. Summer of 2013 remains the record holder with $4.731-B.
Crazy Rich Asians‘ 3-day gross of $22.1-M represented an 11% drop from last weekend. Overseas, the romantic comedy opened to $5.4-M in Australia for an early foreign tally of $19.9-M and $136.9-M global box office to date.
Warners took the # 2 spot with The Meg, now in its 4th weekend. The shark pic earned another $10.5-M for the 3 days and $13.4-M for the 4, pushing its NA take to $123.4-M. Overseas, it took $17.7-M for a foreign total of $342.3-M and $465.7-M at the worldwide box office
Paramount, a unit if Viacom (NASDAQ:VIA) and Tom Cruise’s Mission: Impossible — Fallout, which also contributed to a strong August, taking the weekend overseas with $89.1-M The 6th installment also stayed high up on the domestic chart, coming in at # 3 for a worldwide total of about $650-M. Fallout is expected to finish its run with more than $700-M globally, a franchise-best.
A pair of Disney (NYSE:DIS) titles are also making news.
Pixar’s Incredibles 2 became the first animated pic in history to cross the $600-M mark in North America,for a worldwide box office of $1.164-B. And Marvel’s Ant-Man and the Wasp approached the $600-M worldwide after opening its final foreign market, Japan, for a global box office of $594.9-M
Among new Labor Day offerings
MGM’s Nazi war-criminal drama Operation Finale earned $6-M for the three days and $7.8-M for the 4. Playing in 1,818 theaters, the film debuted to $9.5-M after opening Wednesday.
The film performed best in cities on the East and West coasts, with 11 of the top 15 theaters in New York and Los Angeles. Nearly 50% of the audience was over the age of 45.
The new thriller Searching, about a Korean-American family living in the San Francisco Bay Area, expanded nationwide into 1,207 theaters after opening in select cinemas last weekend to strong numbers.
Searching tells the story of a 16-year-old girl who goes missing and her father’s effort to find her.
Lionsgate’s (NYSE:LGF) SyFy action pic Kin came DOA arning just $3-M for the 3 days and an estimated $3.7-M for the long weekend from 2,141 theaters. Franco. Kin is about a young boy and his newly paroled adopted brother who find a strange weapon and are pursued by a vengeful gang of otherworldly soldiers.
Opening in far fewer theaters was Lionsgate/Pantelion Films’ Spanish-language film Ya Veremos, which is the year’s Top-grossing movie in Mexico to date. The dramedy earned an estimated $1.8-M for the 3 days, putting its 4-day opening at $2.3-M. Ya Veremos received an A CinemaScore, followed by an A- for Operation Finale and a B+ for Kin.
Have some fun, see a movie this weekend.
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