Weekend box office: Crazy Rich Asians soars as Mile 22 struggles

The focus this weekend (and rightfully so) is on the performance of CRAZY RICH ASIANS (click the link to read our review) and how the film with an all-Asian cast has achieved a broad appeal, good enough to compete for the top spot at the weekend box office.  The movie is neck and neck with THE MEG, so it’s still too early to call victory, but CRAZY RICH ASIANS is doing very well and should only pick up steam through good word of mouth.  The other new movie of the weekend was Mark Wahlberg’s desperate attempt at a franchise with MILE 22.  Maybe it’s time he goes back and does TED 3?  Finally, there was ALPHA, which actually did better than I expected with close to $10 million.

Next week should be an interesting one as far as new movies are concerned.  The biggest movie opening is THE HAPPYTIME MURDERS and I don’t think anyone knows how an R-rated cross between THE MUPPETS and WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT is going to perform at the weekend box office.  Melissa McCarthy is a proven box office draw, but usually with her PG-13 simple comedies.  It will be interesting to see whether or not her fans come out to see her in this.  There are a handful of smaller movies opening as well, including A.X.L., SEARCHING and PAPILLON.  I don’t think any of them will do much at the box office and will probably have to hope to find life on home video.  I’m not sure how much staying power CRAZY RICH ASIANS has, so I think THE HAPPYTIME MURDERS will probably take the top spot.  Note: the numbers below will be updated as they become final.

1. Crazy Rich Asians $21.6m

2. The Meg $20m

3. Mile 22 $14.3m

4. Mission: Impossible – Fallout $10.9m

5. Christopher Robin $9.6m

6. Alpha $9.4m

7. Blackkklansman $6.8m

8. Slender Man $4.3m

9. Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again $3.5m

10. Hotel Transylvania 3 $3.4m

(Deadline)

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