(Sept 3): “Crazy Rich Asians” led the North American box office for a third straight weekend, making the U.S. Labor Day weekend one of the strongest in years, while the latest Tom Cruise blockbuster made a major splash when it opened in China.
The Warner Bros romantic comedy collected US$22.2 million in the U.S and Canada, ComScore Inc estimated in an email Sunday. Warner Bros’s “The Meg” ranked second domestically, taking in US$10.5 million.
Paramount’s “Mission: Impossible – Fallout” placed third with US$7 million, and led the global box office with US$96.1 million, ComScore said. “Operation Finale,” about the hunt for notorious Nazi Adolf Eichmann, came in fourth place for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer with US$6 million. “Kin,” a new science-fiction film from Lions Gate Entertainment Corp, failed to land in the top 10.
Fallout, the six installment of the Mission Impossible franchise, was propelled to the top of the worldwide box office with a "massive US$77.3 million debut in China," ComScore said.
The combination of new movies and the strength of “Crazy Rich Asians” was expected to bolster sales for the final weekend of the summer movie season. Through the extended weekend, the top 10 movies were expected to bring in almost US$100 million, Box Office Pro estimated. That would be about 60% more than a year earlier, when the biggest films collected US$61.7 million.
“Crazy Rich Asians” was forecast to collect more than US$23 million from Friday to Sunday, according to the estimate of Box Office Mojo. Its global haul reached US$32.6 million as of Sunday, ComScore said. An adaptation of a best-selling novel about Singapore’s rich and elite, the movie is in its third week atop the North American box office and is being celebrated for opening the door to more diversity in Hollywood.
In another film with an Asian actor in the lead role, the well-reviewed “Searching” from Sony Pictures expanded to more theaters this weekend and jumped to fifth place with sales of US$5.7 million. The film features John Cho as a father who uses social media to find his daughter. It was forecast by Box Office Mojo to take in US$5 million over the three days. RottenTomatoes.com said 90% of critics recommended the film.
“Operation Finale,” which opened earlier in the week, missed Box Office Mojo’s forecast of US$7.2 million. The film stars Ben Kingsley as Eichmann, the mastermind of the Holocaust, and follows the Israeli effort to capture him and put him on trial. More than half of critics recommended the movie, which cost about US$24 million to make.
“Kin” opened with weekend sales of US$3 million, failing to make the top 10. Only 33% of critics recommended the picture, in which a young boy uses a weapon of unknown origin to help his brother battle vengeful criminals. Box Office Pro was projecting sales of US$3.5 million through the Monday holiday.