Warner Bros. Pictures‘ Crazy Rich Asians box office climbed to $111 million through Sunday on this four-day Labor Day weekend. The Jon M. Chu-directed film added $21.9 million from Friday to Sunday, a drop of just 10% in ticket sales from last weekend, to claim a third-straight box office win in North America. 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. A Crazy Rich Asians sequel is already in development.
Warner Bros.’ The Meg held on to the second spot at the domestic box office with another $10.5 million, a drop of just 17.8% in ticket sales, taking its domestic total to $120.5 million. The film earned another $17 million overseas, for an international total of $342 million (with $150 million coming from China). The global total stands at $462 million. The Meg, 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.
Climbing a spot to third place in North America was Mission: Impossible – Fallout (Paramount Pictures), which added $7 million its sixth weekend and has now earned $204.3 million (about $206.3 million after the four-day weekend). Mission: Impossible – Fallout was the No. 1 film overseas with an impressive $89.1 million from 65 markets, including $77.3 million in China. The international total is now $442.7 million and global sum is at $649 million (counting Monday domestically). 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.
MGM’s Operation Finale opened in fourth place, making $6 million from 1,818 theaters, an average of $3.3 million. The film has earned $7.7 million since opening on Wednesday, August 29. Made for $24 million, the Chris Weitz-directed drama stars Oscar Isaac and Sir Ben Kingsley. It received an A- CinemaScore from audiences.
Sony Pictures increased the theater count for Searching to 1,207, allowing the Aneesh Chaganty thriller to climb to the fifth spot with $5.7 million ($7 million through Monday). Starring John Cho, Debra Messing, Joseph Lee, and Michele La, Searching has grossed $7.5 million after two weeks. Internationally, the film took in $5.9 million this weekend from seven markets, for an overseas total of $6.5 million.
Remaining in sixth place was Disney’s Christopher Robin, which earned $5 million domestically and $4.7 million internationally. The film has grossed $85.4 million in North America and $45.9 million overseas, for a worldwide total of $131.3 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.
Also keeping its seventh spot was Sony Pictures’ Alpha, which added $4.5 million ($5.9 million through Monday) this weekend and has grossed $28.8 million after three weeks. The international total of the film is at $18.3 million after a $6.6 million weekend. Costing $51 million to make, the Albert Hughes-directed adventure film stars Kodi Smit-McPhee and Jóhannes Haukur Jóhannesson.
STXfilms’ The Happytime Murders dropped from third to eighth place its second weekend. The Brian Henson-directed comedy added $4.4 million and has grossed $17 million. The $40 million film stars Melissa McCarthy, Maya Rudolph, Joel McHale, and Elizabeth Banks, along with the Miskreant puppets from Henson Alternative.
Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman (Focus Features) added $4.1 million its fourth weekend and is up to $38.3 million domestically ($39.4 million through Monday). The film has brought in $17.5 million internationally to put its worldwide total at $56.9 million. Starring John David Washington, Adam Driver, Laura Harrier and Topher Grace, BlacKkKlansman cost only $15 million to make.
Mile 22 (STXfilms) rounded out the top 10 at the domestic box office with $3.6 million. The film has earned $31.8 million after three weeks. Made for $50 million, the action film reteamed director Peter Berg and Mark Wahlberg, and also stars Lauren Cohan, Iko Uwais, Ronda Rousey and John Malkovich.
Also opening were Lionsgate’s Kin, which earned $3.7 million over the four days in the 12th spot, and Focus Features’ The Little Stranger collected $417,000 from 474 theaters.
Today, director Brad Bird’s Incredibles 2 will also cross the $600 million mark at the domestic box office. It is the first animated film to reach this milestone and the ninth overall to do so. It is Disney’s third $600 million domestic release in 2018 and sixth ever. With $1.164 billion globally ($601M domestic and $562.5M international) and debuts still to come in Italy and Germany this month, it is now the No. 2 animated film of all time (passing Minions‘ $1.159 billion) and has climbed to become the No. 17 biggest film ever. Directed by Brad Bird, Incredibles 2 features the voices of Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell, Huck Milner, Samuel L. Jackson, Brad Bird, Bob Odenkirk, Catherine Keener, Jonathan Banks, Sophia Bush, and Isabella Rossellini.
Also, Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man and The Wasp continued to perform well in China and has now crossed the $100 million mark there, adding $11.3 million this weekend and bringing its total to $108.7 million. It also debuted in Japan, its final international territory, with $3.7 million. The international total is now up to $381.4 million. Combined with the $213.5 million domestic total, the sequel is up to $594.9 million worldwide. The first film earned $180.2 million domestically and $339.1 million internationally, for a worldwide total of $519.3 million.