Melissa McCarthy's The HappyTime Murders bombs hard.

Warner Bros. is definitely celebrating after its somewhat risky all-Asian film Crazy Rich Asians (#1) took the box office crown last weekend and repeated that milestone this weekend with an additional $25 million. That cume means the romantic comedy only fell around 6%, which is almost unprecedented for a summer movie, especially recently. That kind of holdover is typically reserved for the holiday season. But, even then, small drops were more commonplace 20 years ago with mea hits like Forrest Gump (which fell only 1.5% in its second weekend).

WB has held the top spot the past three weekends, with The Meg (#2) opening on top the week before Crazy Rich Asians. With those titles, plus the strength of Ocean's Eight, Ready Player One, and Rampage, WB has had quite the solid box office season.

New films opening wide this weekend were no match for Crazy Rich Asians. Easily the year's biggest bomb is Melissa McCarthy's The HappyTime Murders (#3), a crass, puppet film from Brian Henson. Hoping to snatch the same audience that paid to see past irreverent titles like Sausage Party, the raunchy comedy wasn't able to muster much of a crowd. Be it the poor reviews, or the seemingly lackluster marketing campaign, the film was only able to bring in about $10 million.

The other wide release was A.X.L. (#9), a robot action flick from Global Road. The film opened to just $2.9 million.

As for holdovers, Tom Cruise's Mission: Impossible - Fallout (#4) is on par to cross $200 million sometime this week after earning $8.1 million over the weekend. It's total cume sits at $194 million, domestically.

In limited release, Papillon (#16) brought in $1.1 million from 544 locations. The film starring Charlie Hunnam and Rami Malek is a remake of the 1973 film starring Steven McQueen and Dustin Hoffman. Also, Searching (#21), starring John Cho, opened to $360,000 on just nine screens. The thriller will go wide this weekend hoping to garner the Labor Day crowd.

Leaving the Top Ten this weekend are animated hit Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (#11) and musical hit Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (#13). Both are still tracking well and could re-enter the mix this coming holiday weekend as the new films opening wide don't seem to be earning enough buzz to make much of a box office dent.

Next weekend, James Franco and Carrie Coon lead Kin, a sci-fi/action film from Lionsgate, Ben Kingsley and Oscar Isaac turn in a Holocaust drama, Operation Finale, and Focus Features hopes to have a horror hit on its hands with The Little Stranger. It is Labor Day weekend, which is traditionally a low box office weekend.


(bold signifies a new release)

1. CRAZY RICH ASIANS - $25 million

2. THE MEG - $13 million

3. THE HAPPYTIME MURDERS - $10 million


5. CHRISTOPHER ROBIN - $6.34 million

6. MILE 22 - $6 million

7. ALPHA - $5.6 million

8. BLACKKKLANSMAN - $5.3 million

9. A.X.L. - $2.9 million

10. SLENDER MAN - $2.7 million

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