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.
You’re 8 years old.- Kimberly Yam (@kimmythepooh) August 18, 2018
Your 3rd grade class orders chinese food & your father delivers it. You are so excited to see your pops in school. He’s your hero. But apparently other kids don’t think he’s so cool. They laugh at him and mimic his accent. You don’t want to be Chinese anymore. pic.twitter.com/6vW9DXZK6x
You’re 9 years old.- Kimberly Yam (@kimmythepooh) August 18, 2018
You attend ballet camp. Someone tells you that another girl *hates* you. She thinks your eyes are an “ugly shape.” You don’t have the vocabulary to describe why that’s hurtful. But now, you hate your distinctly Asian face. You don’t want to be Chinese anymore.
You’re 16 years old.- Kimberly Yam (@kimmythepooh) August 18, 2018
It’s Halloween & 2 students come to class dressed as “Asian tourists.” They’ve taped their eyes back, strapped cameras around their necks and chucked up peace signs. You feel uncomfortable. When a teacher asks if you find the costumes offensive, you say no.
You don’t want people thinking you’re uptight. You laugh along with everyone else. You don’t want to be Chinese anymore.- Kimberly Yam (@kimmythepooh) August 18, 2018
You’re 17 years old.- Kimberly Yam (@kimmythepooh) August 18, 2018
You’re off to college & you meet other Asians. They have pride that you never had. You meet a boy & he wonders why you don’t speak your family’s tongue. Why your favorite food is grilled cheese, not xiao long bao. You say your family doesn’t live that way.
But you know you rejected your culture a long time ago. You know you refused to speak Chinese & you remember calling your mother’s food “disgusting.” It’s fucked. It clicks. It’s a race to reclaim everything you’ve hated about yourself. For the 1st time, you want to be Chinese.- Kimberly Yam (@kimmythepooh) August 18, 2018
You’re 20 years old.- Kimberly Yam (@kimmythepooh) August 18, 2018
You’ve spent the past several years repatriating yourself. You get your family’s name inked into your skin. That character is there forever. You won’t let anyone make you feel the way you did all those years ago. You love being Chinese.
You’re 25 years old.- Kimberly Yam (@kimmythepooh) August 18, 2018
You see a movie with an all-asian cast at a screening and for some reason you’re crying and you can’t stop. You’ve never seen a cast like this in Hollywood. Everyone is beautiful.
You’re so happy you’re Chinese. #CrazyRichAsians #RepresentationMatters
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