Box Office Report: ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Repeats, R-Rated Puppets Underwhelms Audiences

Crazy Rich Asians not only remained in first place over its second weekend in release, it did so by dropping less than 6% from its opening weekend numbers. Crazy Rich Asians, the first American production to feature an Asian-led cast in a contemporary film in more than two decades, opened with $26.5 million over the August 17-19, 2018 weekend. Its second weekend found the romantic comedy posting an impressive $25 million domestic box office take.

Meanwhile, newcomers STX’s raunchy puppet film The Happytime Murders and Global Road’s weird robotic dog film, A.X.L., tanked over their opening weekends. Audiences awarded The Happytime Murder a C- score, according to Cinemascore, and critics were equally unimpressed with the adult comedy set in a world in which puppets and humans co-exist. Surprisingly, audiences awarded A.X.L. a B+ Cinemascore although critics weren’t in the least bit impressed and gave it a 22% rotten score on Rotten Tomatoes.

Box Office Top 10: August 24-26, 2018

  1. Crazy Rich Asians – $25,010,000
  2. The Meg – $13,030,000
  3. The Happytime Murders – $10,020,000
  4. Mission: Impossible – Fallout – $8,000,000
  5. Christopher Robin – $6,340,000
  6. Mile 22 – $6,030,000
  7. Alpha – $5,600,000
  8. BlacKkKlansman – $5,345,000
  9. A.X.L. – $2,939,000
  10. Slender Man – $2,785,000

The Crazy Rich Asians Plot: The story follows native New Yorker Rachel Chu (Constance Wu) as she accompanies her longtime boyfriend, Nick Young (Henry Golding), to his best friend’s wedding in Singapore. Excited about visiting Asia for the first time but nervous about meeting Nick’s family, Rachel is unprepared to learn that Nick has neglected to mention a few key details about his life.

It turns out that he is not only the scion of one of the country’s wealthiest families but also one of its most sought-after bachelors. Being on Nick’s arm puts a target on Rachel’s back, with jealous socialites and, worse, Nick’s own disapproving mother (Michelle Yeoh) taking aim. And it soon becomes clear that while money can’t buy love, it can definitely complicate things.

Crazy Rich Asians Box Office Week 2
Constance Wu and Henry Golding star in ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ (Photo by Sanja Bucko / © 2018 Warner Bros Entertainment and Kimmel Distribution)