‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Takes Top Spot At The Box Office While It Buries Other Releases

August has sure been an impressive month for new releases. The Meg debuted earlier in the month, surpassing expectations, and Crazy Rich Asians is the biggest rom-com opening since 2015. Until we get films such as Venom and Aquaman by the end of the year, these “smaller” films have been quite the delight.

1. ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ – $35.2 Million (5 day)

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Originally predicting it’s $41 million debuted, it’s no surprise that this film done as well as it did. One of the things driving this film is its word of mouth. The fact that this film is being well-received among audiences as well as critics, it will likely stand strong at least for two more weekends.

2. ‘The Meg’ $21.1 Million

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Last week I had predicted $22 million, so this is pretty evident that people are still going to see this film. There’s no doubt that people are going to see The Meg just for an entertaining popcorn flick. It’s also important to note that the film has been doing incredibly well overseas, especially in China.

3. ‘Mile 22’ $13.7 Million

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Mark Wahlberg stars in MILE 22

Coming in just behind expectations, Mark Wahlberg’s latest film received a “B-” CinemaScore. Considering its debut, it does feel good to see Wahlberg back in a smaller action film alongside Peter Berg directing. It was said to be a new franchise starter, but this may be another example of why you don’t put your franchise before your film (especially the first one), but we’ll see what happens as it opens overseas.

4. ‘Mission Impossible: Fallout’ $10.7 Million

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It’s no surprise that this film is still hanging on to the top five, considering that this is the sixth installment of the Mission Impossible franchise. I think it’s also safe to say that this film is arguably the best in the franchise, and one of the reasons is Tom Cruise and the way he continues to do action films after decades of his career.

5. ‘Alpha’ – $10.3 Million

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To be honest, I didn’t think this film would be in the top five, but it’s interesting that this film barely beat out expectations across the board. According to its debut, it’ll easily make back its $51 million budget, even surpassing that. I haven’t had a chance to see this film, but I remember seeing the trailer in IMAX tagged on Dunkirk. Now that it made the top five, I’ll be sure to check this one out.

What did you see this past weekend? Did you think any of these films will hold up next week? Comment below and check back regularly for new posts!

Sources: Box Office Mojo, The New York Times, Ballinnn, Screenrant, Deadline, Variety

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