Weekend BO Results: ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Is The Biggest Comedy Of The Year – After Just 20 Days!

Written by Dapo Olowu

After just three weekends in U.S. release, ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ once again topped the charts to become the biggest grossing comedy of the year – ‘Deadpool 2’ not included. A $22m gross over the 3-day weekend marks an 11% fall from 7 days ago, allowing Jon Chu’s adaptation of the bestselling 2013 novel of the same name to hit a hattrick of consecutive number ones.

It left both shark-thriller ‘The Meg’, and ‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’ (which is just $50m away from breaking $700m worldwide) trailing its wake, with $10.5m and $7m respectively. Its Labor Day total brought in $28.6m, just below the 4-day record set by 2007s Halloween ($30.6m).

By Sunday night, the film had made $110.7m domestically, and currently sits at $117.3m – bigger than the global gross of the previous highest-earning comedy of the year ‘Game Night’, and even above 2017s sensation ‘Girls Trip’. It’s record-breaking $5.3m Australian opening (their biggest for a rom-com) gives the film a $20m overseas cushion, and by the time this sentence is over, ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ will be sitting on $140m worldwide.

The biggest new release this weekend was MGM’s ‘Operation Finale’, the historical nazi-drama fronted by Oscar Isaac and Ben Kingsley. Opening on Wednesday, it earned $7.9m by the end of Monday night, including a $6m Friday to Sunday to put it just behind ‘Searching’s $6.1m. Not the best start for Chris Weitz’s $24m-budgeted flick, which hopes to leg it out post-summer.

The aforementioned ‘Searching’ brought in the weekend’s second best per-cinema average of $5k (after ‘Crazy Rich Asians’), as it played in only 1,200 cinemas but still finished fifth in the rankings. The thriller stars John Cho as David Kim, whose on the hunt for his missing daughter Margot (played by Michelle La). Its $8.1m domestic gross and $15.2m global take makes for a solid start after just 1 weekend in wide release.

In what was a true disappointment this weekend, comedy ‘The Happytime Murders’ capitulated by earning a lowly $4.4m. The gross fell below ‘Disney’s Christopher Robin’s $5.3m and ‘Alpha’s $4.5m, and will likely become Melissa McCarthy’s lowest grossing film as a lead. The only solace lies in the fact that it at least outgrossed ‘BlacKkKlansman’ and ‘Mile 22’, whose $4.2m and $3.8m earnings placed them 9th and 10th.

Finally, sci-fi action film ‘Kin’ is a certified flop, after earning just $3m from Friday to Sunday. This gross put it below a Disney expansion for ‘Incredibles 2’, which became the first animated film to ever make $600m domestically, by grossing $3.4m from 2,890 cinemas.

With the end of summer officially upon us, which film has surprised you the most? Can ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ continue its impressive Box Office run? Let us know your thoughts on Twitter and Instagram – we’re at @JUMPCUT_ONLINE.  

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Weekend BO Predictions: It’s a Hattrick For ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ On Labor Day

Written by Dapo Olowu

It’s holiday-time in the United States, with the 4-day Labor Day weekend promising terrifying lows, dizzying highs, and creamy middles. ‘The Simpsons’ references aside, the next few days will be particularly special for ‘Crazy Rich Asians’, which aims to end the summer by becoming the first film since ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ in May to top the Box Office charts for three weekends straight by earning around $24m. That’s just a 3% fall from last weekend and means that not even the three new wide releases – historical drama ‘Operation Finale’, John Cho’s ‘Searching’, and sci-fi ‘Kin’ – can realistically compete with.

By Saturday, Jon Chu’s romantic comedy would’ve passed $100m domestically, and by the end of Monday night, could land itself in the top 20 romantic comedies of all time in the U.S. With a 4-day weekend expected to be around the $29m mark (the extra day usually provides a 20% boost), it’s miles ahead of its nearest competitor ‘The Meg’, which will pull in a brilliant $11.5m from Friday to Sunday in its continued hunt for the $500m global total.

Next is new thriller ‘Searching’, the directorial debut of Aneesh Chaganty, which boasts an impressive 91% on Rotten Tomatoes. Drawing similarities with Blumhouse’s 2014 hit ‘Unfriended’ for its ‘POV-of-computer screens’ style, it boasts the far superior critical reception, but its commercial success will be harmed by the underwhelming 1,200 cinema count.

Released last week in just 9 theatres, it earned a surprising $43k per-cinema average and an A on Cinemascore. Can the film, starring John Cho (‘Star Trek’, ‘Harold and Kumar’), Michelle La, and Debra Messing, defy the odds? Possibly. A 3-day gross around $7m is our optimistic view, and should be in amongst ‘The Happytime Murders’ and ‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’ for a 3rd place finish.

Looking to open close to ‘Searching’ is ‘Operation Finale’, with $5m. The historical drama, directed by Chris Weitz (‘Twilight: New Moon’, ‘About a Boy) and starring Oscar Isaac, Ben Kingsley, and Melanie Laurent, opened on Wednesday to $1m, and tells the true story of the attempts to capture Nazi Adolf Eichmann in the early 60s. A recent Oscar Isaac period piece ‘The Promise’, bombed in the face of controversy with $12.4m worldwide off of a $90m budget, with its 49% on the Tomatometer only slightly worse than ‘Operation Finale’s 61%.

Its $5m gross will marginally improve upon ‘The Promise’s $4.1m, and its budget (around $20m) gives a little bit more breathing space. Still, this will struggle to make an impact against ‘Disney’s Christopher Robin’ ($6m) and ‘Alpha’ ($5.3m), but should have enough to see off ‘BlacKkKlansman’ ($4.7m) and ‘Kin’.

Kin’s the widest release of the newbies this weekend with over 2,000 cinemas, but will struggle the most to secure a top 10 finish. Not even James Franco and Zoe Kravitz can save this sci-fi action flick, with its 32% on Rotten Tomatoes, from being a flop. We’re seeing similarities between this and ‘The Darkest Minds’, which opened to $5.8m a month ago. The fact that ‘Kin’ doesn’t have the luxury of being based on a popular book, however, brings its estimated opening right down to about $4.6m.

With ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ and ‘The Meg’ proving to be runaway successes, this marks a fruitful period for book adaptations, which raises the question: did you see this coming? Let us know if you did or not on Twitter and Instagram – we’re at @JUMPCUT_ONLINE.

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Weekend BO Report: ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Mirrors Opening In Historic Weekend

Written by Dapo Olowu

Hands up – who said ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ would gross a sub-$20m second weekend? Well, they (we) were dead wrong, because the romantic-comedy, starring Constance Wu, Henry Golding, and Awkwafina, dropped just 6% to earn $24.8m from Friday to Saturday, after it’s opening last weekend of $26.5m.

It’s a weekend fall that marks the 3rd smallest ever for a wide release (in over 3,000 cinemas, not in December, and not during an American holiday weekend, mind you) behind 2011s ‘Puss in Boots’ and 2003s ‘Brother Bear’, and leaves the film on a domestic gross after 2 weekends of $76.6m. The opening weekend multiplier already stands at 2.90x, and will only grow as the film continues to benefit from good reviews, a stellar cast, and strong word of mouth.

The question on the industry’s lips now is: just how far can this thing go? With the U.S. celebrating Labor Day next Monday, the first September weekend itself is notorious for low drops, giving ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ more room to grow. Gone are the comparisons with ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2’ and in come the estimates alongside award-winning drama ‘The Help’, which finished on a remarkable $169.7m. It takes a brave somebody to bet against ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ beating that target.

Warner Bros. will be equally happy with the performance of ‘The Meg’, which earned $12.8m to breach the $100m domestic total. Its $411.6m global total so far is just $15m away from another WB monster-flick ‘Rampage’, and a $500m total looks nailed on as weeks go by.

Not all studios can say they’re having such a good year however, as both STX and Global Road faltered this weekend with their releases. While Melissa McCarthy’s ‘The Happytime Murders’ saw a career-low opening for her as lead with just $9.5m, Global Road’s ‘A.X.L.’ brought in just $2.8m off a $10m budget.

The former continues the downward-trend in the openings of R-rated comedies this year, after ‘Blockers’ ($20.6m), ‘Super Troopers 2’ ($15.2m), ‘Tag’ ($14.9m), and ‘The Spy Who Dumped Me’ ($12.1m) in recent months. Its $40m budget draws similarities to 2017s ‘The House’, starring Amy Poehler and Will Ferrell, which opened to $8.7m and finished on $26.5m in the U.S. Although ‘The Happytime Murders’ looks to slightly improve on this, its C- on Cinemascore practically ensures it’ll flop, meaning another poor financial showing for STX. It’s last release, ‘Mile 22’, only just reached $25m domestically after a $6.4m weekend.

Meanwhile, ‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’ is just $6m away from $200m in the U.S. after its $8.1m weekend. Its current worldwide total of $538.8m puts it just behind ‘M:I2’ as the 4th biggest in the franchise so far. ‘Disney’s Christopher Robin’s $6.3m gross put it just ahead of ‘Alpha’ ($6m), ‘BlacKkKlansman’ ($5.1m), and ‘Slender Man’ ($2.8m).

How far can ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ go? Could it hit a $200m domestic total? Let us know your thoughts on Instagram and Twitter – we’re at @JUMPCUT_ONLINE.

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Weekend BO Predictions: ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Strike Gold Again As ‘The Happytime Murders’ Can’t Muster A Smile

Written by Dapo Olowu

It won’t be a joyous affair for ‘The Happytime Murders’ this weekend, as Jon Chu’s rom-com ‘Crazy Rich Asians’, based on the bestselling 2013 novel by Kevin Kwan, looks to kill any chance of being overthrown. A sub-$20m gross will take pole position for the first time since February, when ‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’s $10.9m was enough to hold off competition from ‘Maze Runner: The Death Cure’ and ‘Winchester’.

It draws similarities to last year’s drab August finish; just 12 months ago, ‘The Hitman’s Bodyguard’ needed just $10.3m to top the worst Box Office weekend in 15 years – this time around, we’re a little luckier, as ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ aims to flash the cash with a total close to $17m, a few days after Warner Bros. announced a sequel is in works.

Melissa McCarthy’s second comedy of the year in ‘The Happytime Murders’ on the other hand, is a sad sight. The R-rated Sesame Street ‘adaptation’ pales in critical comparison to similar movies, as its 29% on the Tomatometer can’t hold a candle to ‘Team America: World Police’s 77%, or ‘Sausage Party’s 82%, let alone ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit’s 97% (or even ‘Space Jam’s 38%).

It doesn’t help that its lead is unpredictable when opening at the Box Office: for every ‘The Heat’ ($39.1m off $43m), Melissa McCarthy’s had a ‘Life of the Party’ ($17.9m off $30m) meaning this $40m comedy is anything but a guaranteed success.

It’s directed by ‘The Muppet Christmas Carol’ and ‘Muppet Treasure Island’ director Brian Henson (son of Muppets creators Jim & Jane Henson), and stars McCarthy alongside Maya Rudolph, Elizabeth Banks, and Joel McHale. Set in a world where puppets and humans co-exist, Detective Connie Edwards (McCarthy) aims to find a serial killer murdering cast members of the 1980s show ‘The Happytime Gang’.

Recent R-rated comedies (from ‘Game Night’ to ‘The Spy Who Dumped Mecomes to mind) have all opened in the low-to-mid-teens region, and it’s likely that ‘The Happytime Murders’ uniqueness in its puppetry won’t give it a helping hand (nor will its 3,224 cinema count), with a $14.5m gross on the cards. This will be followed by Jason Statham-led ‘The Meg’, which should (barring a freak collapse) make it over the $100m domestic mark this weekend by earning $10.8m.

One film that won’t even get close to that number is ‘Mile 22’, looking to muster some dignity in its second weekend after its poor $13.7m showing 7 days ago. A $6.9m gross will be enough to put it ahead of ‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’ ($6.5m), ‘Disney’s Christopher Robin’ ($5.8m), and fellow second-weekender ‘Alpha’ ($5.3m). ‘BlacKkKlansman’ is already Focus Features’ biggest film of the year both domestically and worldwide, and looks to build on its $30m global gross with a weekend earning of around $5m, beating ‘Hotel Transylvania 3’s $2.4m.

Finally, this weekend is rounded off by the second new wide release of the weekend, ‘A.X.L’ In a market inundated with franchises and remakes, it’s lovely to see an original family-adventure film about a dog made from top-grade military tech. The film stars Thomas Jane and Alex Neustaedter, and will only open in approximately 1,600 cinemas. Global Road, whose torrid time this year in the Box Office (think Show Dogs’, ‘Midnight Sun’, andHotel Artemis’) has culminated in being partly taken over by its creditors, are looking to complete its flop-quadrant with an opening around $2m.

It’s looking like being a close weekend between the top 2, so can ‘The Happytime Murders’ spring an upset, or will ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ hold onto first place? Let us know your thoughts on Instagram and Twitter – we’re at @JUMPCUT_ONLINE.

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Brand New Red Band ‘The Happytime Murders’ Trailer Features Social Media Reactions

“No Sesame. All Street. THE HAPPYTIME MURDERS is a filthy comedy set in the seedy underbelly of Los Angeles where puppets and humans coexist.  Two clashing detectives with a shared secret, one human (Melissa McCarthy) and one puppet, are forced to work together again to solve the brutal murders of the former cast of a beloved classic puppet television show.”

Directed by: Brian Henson

Cast: Melissa McCarthy, Maya Rudolph, Joel McHale, Elizabeth Banks

Release Date: August 17th, 2018

Learn What Muppets Get Up To Off Screen In The First Trailer For ‘The Happytime Murders

“No Sesame. All Street. THE HAPPYTIME MURDERS is a filthy comedy set in the seedy underbelly of Los Angeles where puppets and humans coexist.  Two clashing detectives with a shared secret, one human (Melissa McCarthy) and one puppet, are forced to work together again to solve the brutal murders of the former cast of a beloved classic puppet television show.”

Directed by: Brian Henson

Cast: Melissa McCarthy, Maya Rudolph, Joel McHale, Elizabeth Banks

Release Date: August 17th, 2018