Crazy Rich Asians
has done it.
The film starring our homegrown Henry Golding (#proud), Constance Wu and Michelle Yeoh (#prouder) opened in the United States last Wednesday and topped the weekend box office
, beating out competitors like Mile 22
and Billionaire Boys Club
As the first major studio film featuring an all-Asian cast since The Joy Luck Club
25 years ago, the on-screen debut of Crazy Rich Asians
completely shattered industry expectations.
Directed by Jon M. Chu, the film based on Kevin Kwan's book of the same name, raked in over USD25mil during the weekend and USD34mil from its five-day opening
This is certainly a win for the film, which cost an estimated USD30mil to produce.
Not only did it debut straight at No. 1, the solid opening is also the first time since a romantic comedy has topped the box office since 2004.
On top of that, Crazy Rich Asians
achieved a 'fresh' score of 93 per cent on Rotten Tomatoes
. What a debut!
According to CNN
, the creators had received a very tempting offer from Netflix
, which included big upfront pay cheques and a guaranteed trilogy for the film.
However, Chu and Kwan decided to turn it down and take the risk of releasing it in theatres with Warners Bros. instead.
Well, that major risk certainly paid off!
Golding told the Associated Press
that this is a "testament to the people who are turning up".
"It’s not just the Asians who are coming. It’s people of all colours from all walks of life who are enjoying this cinematic experience," he added.
"It’s a real shift in Hollywood."
Warner’s president of domestic distribution Jeff Goldstein told The New York Times
that only 38 per cent of the audiences were Asian. So, it's not just the Asians who saw the film!
In case you haven't caught up, Crazy Rich Asians
tells the story of an American-Chinese woman who gets a culture shock when she meets her boyfriend's family in Singapore, who happens to be filthy rich.
Hearing all the buzz surrounding the film and seeing Golding on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
, we can't wait to see it in theatres here!