The third weekend win for the romantic comedy is somewhat unprecedented.
Warner Bros. has a bonafide hit on its hands. Even though that sentiment was shared after last weekend's second place finish, it's even more apparent as Crazy Rich Asians (#1) topped the Labor Day weekend with $22.2 million, bringing its overall total to over $110 million domestically. It is only the fourth film to finish on top three weekends in a row this year, following the lead of Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle ( holdover from late last year), Black Panther, and Avengers: Infinity War (#31).
In fact, Crazy Rich Asians' impressive run has helped August to surge in ways it hasn't in years past. Traditionally, August has been dead end for studio trash, like last weekend's The Happytime Murders (#8), which floundered upon arrival.
As for wide releases, Operation Finale (#4) kicked off its run in fourth place. The Holocaust drama starring Ben Kingsley and Oscar Isaac earned $6 million. It debuted on Wednesday, which brings its overall total to around $10 million. Kin (#12), a sci-fi action flick with Zoe Kravitz, Carrie Coon, and Dennis Quaid among its cast, opened to just $3 million, keeping it outside of the top ten.
Searching (#5), starring John Cho and Debra Messing, expanded to over 1,000 locations after a decent limited start last weekend. It earned just over $5 million.
As for holdovers, Tom Cruise's Mission: Impossible - Fallout (#3) is sticking around the top five, taking in an additional $6.9 million. The sixth film in the franchise has now earned well over $200 million domestically.
In limited release, Lionsgate opened Ya Veremos (#15) on just over 300 screens, earning $1.8 million. And, scary movie The Little Stranger opened to just 400 screens and brought in $417,000. It will go wide this coming weekend.
All eyes are on the big festivals that kicked off this past week and continue through the first part of September. Early word is positive for A Star is Born and First Man. Both should be huge box office players in the next few months.
Leaving the Top Ten this weekend are robot flick A.X.L. (#18), that just opened last weekend (ouch), and horror flick Slender Man (#14).
Next weekend, The Nun looks to scare up some impressive box office numbers in the first weekend of the fall film season. Plus, Jennifer Garner kicks ass in Peppermint, also expected to do well. Christian family film God Bless the Broken Road will also open wide.
(bold signifies a new release)
1. CRAZY RICH ASIANS - $22.2 million
2. THE MEG - $10.5 million
3 MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - FALLOUT - $7 million
4. OPERATION FINALE - $6 million
5 SEARCHING - $5.7 million
6. CHRISTOPHER ROBIN - $5 million
7. ALPHA - $4.45 million
8. THE HAPPYTIME MURDES - $4.4 million
9. BLACKKKLANSMAN - $4.1 million
10. MILE 22 - $3.5 million
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