Box Office: ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Take $25-M; ‘Happytime Murders’ DOA

Box Office: ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Take $25-M; ‘Happytime Murders’ DOA

Box Office: ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Take $25-M; ‘Happytime Murders’ DOA

$DIS, $TWX, $IMAX

  • ‘The Happytime Murders’ a career low for Melissa McCarthy in a lead role

Jon M. Chu’s Crazy Rich Asians took home $25-M in its 2nd frame almost as much as it earned in its 1st weekend and representing one of the best percentage holds (-6%) in modern history for a wide release Summer title.

Melissa McCarthy’s latest R-rated comedy, The Happytime Murders came DOA domestically with $10-M from 3,526 theaters in a career low for the actress for a movie in which she has Top billing.

STXfilms’ Happytime Murders came in behind expectations after getting hit with a C- CinemaScore and poor reviews.

Disney (NYSE:DIS) and Marvel’s Ant-Man and the Wasp, Topped the foreign box office chart with $71.2-M, fueled by a stellar debut in China of $68-M. That’s the 4th-best showing of any title in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Crazy Rich Asians and The Meg, both from Warner Bros., which is dominating the final weeks of the Summer season.

Crazy Rich Asians playing in 3,526 locations, the movie’s domestic total through Sunday is $76.8-M, impressive considering the overall comedy slump at the box office and the fact that it cost a modest $30-M to produce.

Internationally, Crazy Rich Asians grossed $6-M from its first 10 markets, including several countries in Asia. Singapore, one of the film’s locales, turned in $1.8-M. The film’s foreign take now stands at $7.1-M for a global total box office of $83.9-M

In its 3rd frame, The Meg pasted the $100-M mark domestically earning another $13-M from 4,031 theaters. Globally, the big-budget pic has cleared $400-M so far.

Holdovers Mission: Impossible — Fallout and Christopher Robin likewise stayed high on the North American chart, at #s. 4 and 5 with $8-M and $6.3-M, respectively. Globally, Fallout finished Sunday with $538.7-M in ticket sales; Christopher Robin‘s worldwide box office tally is $112.7-M

The limited offerings,

The remake Papillon debuted in 544 theaters, grossing $1.2-M. The prison epic made its world premiere almost a year ago at the Toronto International Film Festival. Bleecker Street is handing the film in the US.

Christopher Nolan’s “unrestored” 70mm version of Stanley Kubrick’s cinematic masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey began its 1-week exclusive run in four Imax theaters, while more than 300 Imax theaters are playing a new 4K restoration of the film. The re-release, timed to the film’s 50th anni, grossed about $800,000 at the weekend.

Screen Gems’ Searching, a missing-child thriller about a Korean-American family living in the San Francisco Bay Area, launched in its 1st 9 theaters. The film posted a screen average north of $42,000, the best of the weekend. Searching is set to expand nationwide next weekend.

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