HOLLYWOOD—Another weekend at the box-office, another week where I am totally wrong. How so? I didn’t expect the dramedy “Crazy Rich Asians” to have such a big weekend in theaters, but the flick did. “Crazy Rich Asians” managed to dethrone “The Meg” at the box-office to claim the top spot with $25 million. The film was actually released on Wednesday, August 15 and has accumulated a five-day total of $34 million. The film is a major win as it’s the first movie in years to have an all-Asian cast and it proved to draw in audiences in major numbers.
Falling to second place was “The Meg” with $21.2 million. In 10 days, the action-thriller has earned over $83 million. I would argue that is the box-office surprise of the summer because I don’t think anyone expected such a B-movie to be such a massive draw to audiences. Expect the flick to cross the $100 million mark at the domestic box-office by next weekend. Who knows we might even see a sequel for the flick in the near future. Nabbing third place was the Mark Wahlberg action-thriller “Mile 22” with an underwhelming $13.6 million.
Fourth and fifth place were a battle between the action-adventure “Alpha,” which I had no idea about earning around $10.5 million. That is the same amount Tom Cruise and company earned for the sixth installment of the “Mission: Impossible” franchise in “Fallout.” So the official numbers will be released later on Monday, but right now it looks like “Fallout” will edge out “Alpha” slightly. There will be slim pickings for moviegoers this weekend as the only new release worth discussing is the raunchy comedy “The Happytime Murders” starring Melissa McCarthy and some not so PG puppets. All I can say is that movie is definitely not for kids.