Crazy Rich Asians has topped the US box office, raking in an impressive $34 million (esitmated R496 702 600) over the last five days.
The romantic comedy – which stars Constance Wu and Henry Golding in the lead roles – raked in an impressive $34 million over the last five days after opening in 3,384 locations.
The movie, which is directed by Jon M. Chu, is the first studio film in over quarter of a century to feature a nearly all Asian-American cast.
Jeff Goldstein, Warner Bros.’ head of domestic distribution, said: “Word of mouth is everything. This movie is so culturally significant and so unique in that there hasn’t been a cast that’s predominately Asian [in years]. This is one of those few projects that a whole studio comes together with lots of passion.”
Jon M. Chu also took to Twitter to thank the fans for their support throughout the film’s opening weekend.
He wrote in a series of tweets: “They thought we were gonna do 18m maybe 20m over the five days…. but YOU SHOWED UP. On dates, with your families, with your friends, with your enemies… we laughed, we cried, we shared our stories we saw each other… The fact that we had never shared a communal experience of joy, laughter and emotions at the movies like this has been an injustice. But now we have. And there’s no going back. #CrazyRichAsians is the number 1 movie in America. Yes we are. Read that again…
“America fell in love w/our kickass all-Asian cast of many different background, styles, shapes, sizes ages…& blew the lid off the expectation at 34 million dollars since we were released. Truly a #GoldOpen . Thank u! I feel very lucky to be a small part of this giant movement … my favorite moments were watching the crowd AFTER having just seen the movie linger in the lobbies of the theaters I visited. People dressed up, chatting away, discussing, celebrating. It’s like no one wanted to leave and have this experience end. (sic)”
The movie opens at NuMetro Cinema’s around South Africa this Friday (24 August 2018).
Celebrities did not miss out on the action sharing their comments on the movie on twitter.
— Mindy Kaling (@mindykaling) August 20, 2018
I don’t think I’ve seen a mainstream Hollywood movie with an entire cast that looks like — well, me and my family — before, and my heart is bursting. I can’t even begin to describe how much I love/adore #CrazyRichAsians. Wish I had a movie like this when I was growing up. (1/2)
— James Wan (@creepypuppet) August 19, 2018
Wow. Theatre was packed for #crazyrichasians Didn’t know what to expect. But it blew my socks off. Holy crap. What an awesome movie!! Haven’t seen a movie that good in a long, long time.
— chris pratt (@prattprattpratt) August 19, 2018
The lesson of #CrazyRichAsians isn’t that Asians are cool (though we are) or that “it’s finally time” for diverse movies. The lesson is it’s BEEN TIME for years—Hollywood literally has chosen to lose money in the face of this reality to protect its white male-dominant order.
— Jeff Yang (@originalspin) August 20, 2018