The Warner Bros. rom-com Crazy Rich Asians opened to an estimated $25.2 million domestically, earning the film the top slot at the box office. The Constance Wu and Henry Golding-toplined film has raked in $34 million total over five years, exceeding industry expectations of $25 million in that time frame.
Crazy Rich Asians is seen as a watershed moment for on-screen representation of Asians, CNN notes. It’s the first major studio film featuring a predominantly Asian cast since The Joy Luck Club 25 years ago. Crazy Rich Asians is also the first time a rom-com has topped the box office since June of 2014.
The film is based on a novel of the same name by Kevin Kwan, and follows the story of a college professor who heads to Singapore to meet her boyfriend’s wealthy family.
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Kevin Spacey’s latest film Billionaire Boys Club, meanwhile, is dead on arrival. This is Spacey’s first film project since being accused of sexual misconduct. Allegations against Spacey dating back 30 years surfaced last October. He has since been ousted from several projects, most notably from Netflix’s House of Cards and All the Money in the World (Christopher Plummer was recast).
Ansel Elgort, Taron Egerton star in Billionaire Boys Club; it opened in 10 theaters and made about $126, meaning less than two tickets were purchased in each theater it opened in.