Crazy Rich Asians Bring in the Money, The Meg Crosses $300M Worldwide

Warner Bros. Pictures enjoyed a superb weekend at the worldwide box office, as the studio claimed both the number one and number two spots. First place at the domestic box office belonged to newcomer Crazy Rich Asians, which brought in an estimated $25.2 million this weekend from 3,384 theaters, an average of $7,457 per theater. The film, which received an A CinemaScore, opened in theaters on Wednesday and collected $34 million its first five days.

Directed by Jon M. Chu, the $30 million romantic comedy stars Constance Wu, Henry Golding, Gemma Chan, Lisa Lu, and Awkwafina, with Ken Jeong and Michelle Yeoh; as well as Sonoya Mizuno, Chris Pang, Jimmy O. Yang, Ronny Chieng, Remy Hii, and Nico Santos.

Warner Bros.’ The Meg dropped to second place in North America with $21.2 million its second weekend, for a total of $83.8 million. Internationally, the movie added an impressive $67 million this weekend and has reached $230.4 million to put its global sum at $314.2 million. The film, which cost $130 million to make, was directed by Jon Turteltaub and stars Jason Statham, Li Bingbing, Winston Chao, Rainn Wilson, Ruby Rose, Page Kennedy, Jessica McNamee, Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, Robert Taylor, Sophia Cai, Masi Oka and Cliff Curtis.

Opening in third place at the domestic box office was STXfilms‘ Mile 22 with $13.6 million from 3,520 theaters, an average of $3,869 per site. Made for $35 million, the action film reteamed director Peter Berg and Mark Wahlberg, and also stars Lauren Cohan, Iko Uwais, Ronda Rousey and John Malkovich. Mile 22 received a B- CinemaScore. A sequel was already in the works, though it’s uncertain if this box office performance will put a halt to that.

Sony Pictures’ Alpha opened in fourth place with $10.5 million from 2,719 theaters, an average of $3,862. Costing $51 million to make, the adventure film received a B+ CinemaScore. Directed by Albert Hughes, Alpha stars Kodi Smit-McPhee and Jóhannes Haukur Jóhannesson.

Mission: Impossible – Fallout (Paramount Pictures) rounded out the top five and grossed another $10.5 million its fourth weekend, for a total of $180.7 million. The sixth installment in the franchise added $20.5 million internationally from 61 markets and has brought in $320.7 million. The film’s worldwide total is at $501.4 million and China is still to come on August 31. Written and directed by Christopher McQuarrie, the $178 million-budgeted film stars Tom Cruise, Henry Cavill, Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Sean Harris, Angela Bassett, Vanessa Kirby, Wes Bentley, Frederick Schmidt with Michelle Monaghan and Alec Baldwin.

Disney’s Christopher Robin dropped three spots to sixth and earned $8.9 million. The film has earned $66.9 million domestically after three weeks. Internationally, the movie added $7.9 million and has collected $22.8 million, putting its worldwide total at $89.7 million. The Marc Forster-directed film stars Ewan McGregor, Hayley Atwell, Bronte Carmichael, and Mark Gatiss, and features the voices of Jim Cummings, Brad Garrett, Toby Jones, Nick Mohammed, Peter Capaldi, and Sophie Okonedo.

In the seventh spot, Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman (Focus Features) earned $7 million and has grossed $23 million after two weeks. Internationally, the movie added $1.2 million and has made $1.9 million. Starring John David Washington, Adam Driver, Laura Harrier and Topher Grace, the film cost $15 million to make.

Screen Gems’ Slender Man dropped four spots to eighth with $4.96 million and a total of $20.7 million after two weeks. Costing just $10 million to make and directed by Sylvain White, the movie is based on the creepypasta Internet meme and stars Joey King, Julia Goldani-Telles, Jaz Sinclair, Annalise Basso and Javier Botet.

Sony Pictures Animation’s Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation remained in ninth place with $3.7 million and has grossed $153.9 million domestically. The sequel also opened in China this weekend with $16.9 million, making it the second-biggest opening for a Hollywood animated film this year and surpassing the lifetime total of Hotel Transylvania 2 in just three days. The international total is now $272.1 million and the worldwide total is $426 million. Directed by Genndy Tartakovsky, the $80 million film features the voices of Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Kevin James, David Spade, Steve Buscemi, Keegan-Michael Key, Molly Shannon, Fran Drescher, Kathryn Hahn, Jim Gaffigan, and Mel Brooks.

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (Universal Pictures) dipped to tenth place with $3.4 million to take its total to $111.2 million. Internationally, the sequel added $15.3 million from 64 territories and has collected $207.8 million. That puts the worldwide total at $319 million. Written and directed by Ol Parker, the $75 million-budgeted sequel stars Christine Baranski, Pierce Brosnan, Dominic Cooper, Colin Firth, Andy Garcia, Lily James, Amanda Seyfried, Stellan Skarsgård, Julie Walters, Alexa Davies, Josh Dylan, Jeremy Irvine, Hugh Skinner, Jessica Keenan Wynn, with Cher and Meryl Streep.

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