'Crazy Rich Asians' Tops Labor Day Weekend, 'Fallout' is Big in China & 'Incredibles 2' Tops $600 Million
by Brad Brevet
September 2, 2018
It was a big weekend for milestones as Crazy Rich Asians continued its stellar run, finishing atop the weekend box office for the third weekend in a row and topping $110 million domestically. Meanwhile, Sony's Searching delivered a strong performance in expanded release while Paramount's Mission: Impossible - Fallout made a big splash in China and Disney and Pixar's Incredibles 2 became only the ninth film ever to top $600 million at the domestic box office.
At the top of the domestic weekend box office, WB's Crazy Rich Asians delivered a three-day gross totaling an estimated $22.2 million, which marks just a 10% drop compared to last weekend as the film's domestic gross now totals over $110 million. The film is expected to generate around $28 million for the four-day holiday for a domestic gross topping $116 million.
The film's overseas cume is now just shy of $20 million after bringing in an estimated $10.4 million from 24 markets, including a $5.4 million opening in Australia this weekend making for the largest opening for a rom-com in the market ever. Australia already serves as the film's largest international market followed by Singapore ($3.4m), Philippines ($2.8m), Malaysia ($1.4m) and Taiwan ($1.1m). The next key market to open will be the UK on September 14.
WB also took second place for the third weekend in a row as The Meg ate up an estimated $10.5 million, pushing the film's domestic gross over $120 million. Current expectation is for a four-day weekend topping $13 million.
Internationally, The Meg brought in another $17.7 million from 65 markets for an international cume now totaling $342 million and a worldwide gross nearing $463 million. The film's top market continues to be China where the film's cume has now topped $150 million while the last market to open will be Japan, which opens this coming Friday.
Paramount's Mission: Impossible - Fallout dipped just 13.4% as it enters its sixth weekend in release pulling in an estimated $7 million. The film is expected to deliver $9 million for the four-day weekend, pushing its domestic gross over $206 million.
Internationally is where the big story is when it comes to Fallout as the film added another $89.1 million overseas this weekend, thanks in large part to an estimated $77.3 million opening in China. The performance is 84% ahead of Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation's Friday-Sunday debut* before it went on to bring in over $135 million in the market. At this point, Fallout has brought in nearly $443 million internationally for a global tally reaching $647 million. The film is now just $12 million behind Rogue Nation globally, which currently stands as the highest grossing worldwide release in the franchise.
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Finishing in fourth is MGM's Operation Finale, which delivered an estimated $6 million over the three-day weekend after it began playing in theaters on Wednesday. The film is expected to deliver a $7.7 million four-day for a six-day total right around $9.5 million. Opening weekend audience was 51% male and 65% of the audience was aged 35 or older. Overall, 69% of the audience was Caucasian.
Rounding out the top five is Sony's Searching, which expanded into 1,207 locations (+1,198) this weekend after a strong limited debut last week. The film generated an estimated $5.7 million over the three-day and a $4,672 per theater average. The film is expected to push to $7 million for the four-day holiday weekend and a domestic cume topping $7.5 million by Monday. The film's audience was split 50/50 male-to-female and overall 61% of the film's audience was aged 25 years or older.
Just outside the top ten is Disney and Pixar's Incredibles 2, which bulked up its theater count this weekend to 2,890 locations (+1,830) and saw a +92.5% increase for a $3.16 million three-day, pushing the film's domestic gross to $601 million, becoming only the ninth film ever to top $600 million at the domestic box office.
In fact, when it comes to milestones, on top of Crazy Rich Asians topping $100 million, Mission: Impossible - Fallout topping $200 million, Incredibles 2 topping $600 million, Sony's The Equalizer 2 topped $100 million thanks to a $1.46 million weekend.
Meanwhile, it isn't until the 12th slot on the weekend chart that we find Lionsgate's Kin, which debuted in 2,141 theaters this weekend and brought in an estimated $3 million over the three-day and should top $3.6 million for the four-day holiday. The film played to an audience that was 56% male and of the overall audience 65% were 25 years of age or older.
Internationally, Kin opened in 23 markets with an estimated $1.8 million, the bulk of which comes from France where it opened with $1.4 million. The film will open in Brazil and Russia next weekend followed by openings in Germany (Sep 13), Belgium (Sep 19), Netherlands (Sep 20), Mexico (Oct 26) and Spain (Nov 23).
Leading the weekend's limited releases, Lionsgate's release of Panetlion's Ya Veremos brought in a solid $1.8 million over the three-day wekend from just 369 locations ($4,878 per theater average) and is expected to near $2.3 million for the four-day holiday. The film received an "A" CinemaScore from opening day audiences, which broke down 59% female and 67% of the overall audience was 25 years of age or older.
Also in limited release, Focus Features released The Little Stranger into 474 locations where it brought in an estimated $417,000 for a soft $880 per theater average. IFC's Pick of the Litter brought in an estimated $19,078 from two theaters; Kino Lorber had a pair of limited releases in Let the Corpses Tan, which brought in an estimated $12,138 from three theaters ($4,046 PTA); Super LTD's documentary Active Measures debuted in two theaters after its stellar run on iTunes with an estimated $8,143; and Kino Lorber's A Paris Education opened with $3,358 from one theater.
Next weekend sees the return of the Conjuring franchise to theaters as The Nun debuts in over 3,700 theaters. Additionally, STX will release Peppermint starring Jennifer Garner into over 2,850 locations and Freestyle will debut God Bless the Broken Road into over 1,200 theaters.
You can check out all of this weekend's estimated results right here and we'll be updating our charts with four-day estimates on Monday followed by full holiday weekend actuals on Tuesday.
* Rogue Nation opened on Tuesday, September 8, 2015
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