Rich Asians Earns Crazy $25M, Ant-Man and The Wasp Opens Big in China

But The Happytime Murders and A.X.L. bombed out of the gate

Ken Jeong and Jon M. Chu Teaming for Netflix Stand-Up Comedy Special

There was no stopping the Crazy Rich Asians (Warner Bros. Pictures) at the domestic box office, as the hit film grossed another $25 million in first place, a dip of just 6% from its first weekend! The movie has already earned $76.8 million in North America. Internationally, Crazy Rich Asians added $6 million from 18 markets and has earned $7.1 million. 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. A Crazy Rich Asians sequel is in development already, it was announced this week.

The big story at the international box office this weekend was Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man and The Wasp, which opened in China with an impressive $68 million (a $71.2 million total international weekend), making it the fourth-highest grossing Marvel Cinematic Universe opening there ever. That takes the film to an estimated $544.1 million globally, with $212 million coming from North America and $332.6 million from overseas. The first film earned $180.2 million domestically and $339.1 million internationally, for a worldwide total of $519.3 million.

Back at the domestic box office, Warner Bros.’ The Meg continued to hold well and remained in second place with $13 million its third weekend. The movie is up to $105.3 million. Internationally, the movie added $32 million and has reached $303 million, for a worldwide total of $408 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.

STXfilms’ The Happytime Murders opened in third place with a disappointing $10 million from 3,256 theaters, an average of $3,077 per location. The Brian Henson-directed comedy, which cost $40 million to produce, stars Melissa McCarthy, Maya Rudolph, Joel McHale, and Elizabeth Banks, along with the Miskreant puppets from Henson Alternative. The film received a C- CinemaScore from audiences.

Mission: Impossible – Fallout (Paramount Pictures) held onto the fourth spot this weekend with another $8 million to bring its domestic total to $193.9 million. The action sequel grossed $13 million from 61 international markets and has now earned $344.8 million. That puts the worldwide total at $538.7 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.

Moving up a spot to fifth place was Disney’s Christopher Robin, which earned $6.3 million domestically and $5.9 million internationally. The film has now grossed $77.6 million in North America and $35.1 million overseas, for a worldwide total of $112.7 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.

Mile 22 (STXfilms) dropped three spots to sixth place with $6 million its second weekend. It has made $25.2 million so far domestically. 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.

Sony Pictures’ Alpha grossed $5.6 million this weekend in the seventh spot and has collected $20.2 million after two weeks. The film also grossed $6.7 million in 17 international markets and has earned $7.3 million overseas, to put its worldwide total at $27.5 million. Costing $51 million to make, the Albert Hughes-directed adventure film stars Kodi Smit-McPhee and Jóhannes Haukur Jóhannesson.

Dropping a spot to eighth was Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman (Focus Features), which earned $5.3 million to put its three-week domestic total at $32 million. The film has brought in $8.3 million internationally as well. Starring John David Washington, Adam Driver, Laura Harrier and Topher Grace, BlacKkKlansman cost $15 million to make.

Newcomer A.X.L. (Global Road) debuted in ninth place with just $2.9 million from 1,710 theaters, an average of $1,719 theaters. Receiving a B+ CinemaScore and costing $10 million, the Oliver Daly film stars Alex Neustaedter, Becky G, Alex MacNicoll, Dominic Rains, and Thomas Jane.

Rounding out the top 10 was Screen Gems’ Slender Man, which collected $2.8 million and has earned $25.4 million after three weeks. The film’s international total is at $8 million. Costing just $10 million to make and directed by Sylvain White, the movie stars Joey King, Julia Goldani-Telles, Jaz Sinclair, Annalise Basso and Javier Botet.

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