'Crazy Rich Asians' Heading Towards Stellar Opening Weekend at the Box-Office

Ariana Yaptangco
Photo credit: Emma McIntyre

From ELLE

Following a ton of hype and a dazzling press tour, Crazy Rich Asians has finally hit theaters, topping shark thriller The Meg on Friday. The film has received rave reviews, boasting an A from CinemaScore and currently holds a 92% certified fresh score on Rotten Tomatoes.

The film's star, Constance Wu, showed her excitement on Instagram with her caption reading, "#crazyrichasians is certified fresh.... and I can’t believe we’re playing in the DOME! Amazing. Thank you everyone for all your love and support."

Based on Kevin Kwan's beloved novel of the same name and directed by Jon M. Chu, the glamorous romantic-comedy has already pulled in $16 million since it's August 15 debut, and is projected to reach an estimated $22 million this opening weekend, according to Variety.

The Hollywood Reporter reports the film will have a flush five-day debut of $30 million or more, which they note is a noticeably strong opening for a rom-com during a box-office comedy slump. This is a pivotal feat for Asian representation in Hollywood, as Crazy Rich Asians is the "first Hollywood studio movie since 1993's The Joy Luck Club to feature an all-Westernized Asian cast."


The incredible accomplishment has moved Asians across social media to share what the movie means to them. In an emotional thread on Twitter, Kimberly Yam, the Asian Voices Editor at the Huffington Post, documented the intense roller-coaster of emotions and happiness she felt while watching the film.

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