Entertainment 'Crazy Rich Asians' cast makes history: 'This is bigger than all of us'

14:06  14 august  2018
14:06  14 august  2018 Source:   usatoday.com

'Crazy Rich Asians' on Track to Top 'The Meg' at Box Office

  'Crazy Rich Asians' on Track to Top 'The Meg' at Box Office Warner Bros. will have a 1-2 finish at the box office this weekend as their acclaimed romantic comedy "Crazy Rich Asians" is estimated to hold off their monster movie "The Meg." Both films are looking at weekend totals in the low $20 million range, with "Crazy Rich Asians" projected by industry estimates to take the top spot with $22 million in its opening weekend. Released on 3,302 screens on Wednesday, Jon M. Chu's acclaimed romantic comedy made $8.7 million in its first two days in theaters and added $7.2 million on Friday for a $16 million three-day total and an estimated $31 million five-day opening. While independent trackers expected a $25 million five-day start, analysts told TheWrap early this past week that $30+ million was very likely. "Crazy Rich Asians" is the first Hollywood film with an all-Asian cast and director since "The Joy Luck Club" back in 1993. That film had a domestic run of $32 million, which after inflation adjusts to $73 million. "Crazy Rich Asians" will easily pass that total, as it holds critical acclaim with a 92 percent Rotten Tomatoes score and As across all age demographics on CinemaScore. According to comScore's PostTrak system, Asian-American audiences — which account for six percent of domestic ticket sales according to the MPAA — have made up a staggering 38 percent of the film's opening audience. "The Meg," which finished its opening weekend with its long-term theatrical profitability still uncertain, seems to have found the traction it needs at the box office with a $20 million second weekend, which would bring its 10-day total to $82.5 million and push its global total past $250 million.

(Unlike “ Crazy Rich Asians ,” that film, directed by Rob Marshall and based on a book by Arthur Golden Asian -American journalists and bloggers wrote about the controversy , noting Hollywood’s “If we make a decent showing on that first weekend, there are like six Asian -American lead movies

The trailer for “ Crazy Rich Asians ,” based on a book of the same name by Kevin Kwan, was released Monday. I’ve watched it more than 10 times already. From what I can tell, based on the book and the trailer, this is an event I’ve been waiting for: a film with Asian characters who are more like me.

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – This is a passport kind of love story.

On Wednesday, "Crazy Rich Asians" hits theaters, a big-screen adaptation of Kevin Kwan’s best-selling 2013 novel. The film is everything promised in its title: beautiful billionaires, private jets, jewels, exotic jaunts and closets full of couture.

But what it also delivers is a wake-up call for Hollywood: "Crazy Rich Asians" is the first Asian-led contemporary-set studio film to hit theaters since "The Joy Luck Club" 25 years ago.

‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Author Kevin Kwan Wanted for Draft Dodging

  ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Author Kevin Kwan Wanted for Draft Dodging Kevin Kwan, author of the book underlying hit film “Crazy Rich Asians,” faces up to three years in jail in his native Singapore. He is accused of avoiding the country’s compulsory military service. The film had its Singapore premiere Tuesday night, ahead of a Wednesday theatrical release. But Kwan was not among the cast or crew attending the soiree. Singapore’s ministry of defense issued a statement on Wednesday saying Kwan had avoided national service, stayed away from the country without the required permission, and had been turned down in his attempt to renounce his Singaporean citizenship in 1994. Kwan has lived in the U.S. since about 1990.

The Cast Of " Crazy Rich Asains" Took Our "Which ' Crazy Rich Asians ' Character Are You?" In celebration of the release of their film Crazy Rich Asians , we had Henry Golding, Constance Wu, Gemma Chan, and Michelle Yeoh take a BuzzFeed quiz to discover which character from the movie

We have dinner with the cast of ' Crazy Rich Asians ,' a new rom-com which is everything promised in its title: beautiful billionaires, private jets, jewels “I get unexpectedly emotional at times because this is bigger than all of us ,” says Jeong, who plays the new-money dad of Rachel’s best friend, Peik Lin

Sitting down for dinner at Joss Cuisine, director Jon M. Chu remembers going to see "Joy Luck Club" on a Sunday morning. "The earliest showing because it’s the cheapest,” he laughs, surrounded by his glamorous cast: Constance Wu, Ken Jeong, Michelle Yeoh, Henry Golding and Gemma Chan. “And afterward, we were giddy with conversation about how much that’s like our family. And then we went to dim sum for, like, four hours and talked about it.”

The Asian movie that's wallpapering billboards today is a different kind of story, one that blends far-flung romance, wit and an eye-opening entree into Singapore's upper echelon. (This happens to be an image China eschews; Kwan’s book was banned there and the film has yet to secure distribution in China.)

'Crazy Rich Asians' Sequel Moves Forward With Director Jon M. Chu (Exclusive)

  'Crazy Rich Asians' Sequel Moves Forward With Director Jon M. Chu (Exclusive) The creative team behind Warner Bros.' breakout romantic comedy is planning to reunite for the sequel, based on Kevin Kwan's second book, 'China Rich Girlfriend.'[This post contains spoilers for Warner Bros.’ Crazy Rich Asians.

HONG KONG — “ Crazy Rich Asians ,” a romantic comedy that opened in the United States on Wednesday, is a rare commodity: a Hollywood film with a majority Asian cast . For many Asian -American viewers, that is a positive, if sorely belated, development .

Over the last few weeks, Crazy Rich Asians , as well as Kwan’s sequels China Rich Girlfriend and Rich People Problems, have surged to the top of fiction charts in local Singaporean bookshops. But on the nonfiction chart, sociologist Teo You Yenn’s This Is What Inequality Looks Like has also made an

“Crazy Rich Asians” begins its fish-out-of-water tale in New York, where Rachel Chu (played by Wu), an Asian-American NYU economics professor, falls for her low-key colleague, Nick Young (Golding). Let’s go to Singapore, he suggests casually. You know, to meet the family.

But Rachel has no idea her beau is worth billions. And so she unwittingly becomes our proxy, the Nick Carraway of this Far East Gatsby tale, winding audiences through the lifestyles of Singapore’s rich and famous. “You really should have told me you’re the Prince William of Asia,” Rachel says to Nick, taking in his gilded world. “That’s ridiculous,” Nick deadpans. “I’m much more of a Harry.”

Inside the Beverly Hills restaurant, Jeong and his co-stars negotiate steamers of fragrant chicken siu mai and soup dumplings as the former "Hangover" star gets candid about the personal impact of this moment.

“I get unexpectedly emotional at times because this is bigger than all of us,” says Jeong, who plays the new-money dad of Rachel’s best friend, Peik Lin (Awkwafina).

Box Office: ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ on Track for Strong Second Weekend Hold

  Box Office: ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ on Track for Strong Second Weekend Hold “Crazy Rich Asians” is in for a second weekend worth bragging about, with an estimated $25 million from 3,526 North American sites. The number would represent a decline of only 6% for the film, a staggering achievement for any movie, and particularly a rom-com. “Crazy Rich Asians” earned $26.5 million in its opening weekend, and estimates for its sophomore frame range from $23 million to $26 million. So far, the Constance Wu-starrer has earned $60 million worldwide, with about $1.2 million from foreign markets.Warner Bros. has already launched development of a sequel for “Crazy Rich Asians,” which also stars Henry Golding, Michelle Yeoh, Awkwafina and Ken Jeong. Jon M.

The creators of " Crazy Rich Asians " reportedly turned down a big pay day from Netflix and opted for a theatrical release with Warner Bros. to "ensure the I had to live with that shame," Kwan said. "But this is what happens, we pave the way, we create new narratives, we shatter the stereotypes and we

“ Crazy Rich Asians ,” a busy, fizzy movie winnowed from Kevin Kwan’s sprawling, dishy novel It has been noted that this is the first Hollywood movie in a long time with a mostly Asian and Without betraying any overt nostalgia, “ Crazy Rich Asians ” casts a fond eye backward as well as Eastward

"It’s about more than diversity and checking off the box," says Wu, as Golding pours a round of tea. "It’s about representing a culture and allowing the people who know the culture to be the ones who tell it."

The "Crazy Rich Asians" cast is stacked with talent, both known and new. For Wu, who rose to stardom on ABC's "Fresh Off the Boat," this marks the actress' first shot at a leading role in film.

“I was always sort of a diversity checklist" for producers, says Wu. “I never auditioned for the No. 1 lead. I might have auditioned for the No. 2 or No. 3. But the No. 1 lead was pretty much always a white person. And the No. 2 and No. 3 (roles), I’d be auditioning against any person of color." She pauses. "It’s good that producers want diversity but it’s also lip service because you have to think about what diversity actually means."

Yeoh (“Tomorrow Never Dies," “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon") initially turned down the role of Nick's disapproving mother, Eleanor, worried that the matriarch would become a caricature. “I don’t believe a mother is a villain. The mother is nurturing, protective, she sees the big picture," says Yeoh, who was eventually won over by Chu.

How crazy rich are Asia's wealthiest families?

  How crazy rich are Asia's wealthiest families? The success of the movie "Crazy Rich Asians" is drawing attention to the region's growing wealth.The Hollywood hitabout the heir to a Singapore family fortune bringing home his girlfriend from a much more modest background features moments of outrageously ostentatious behavior.

' Crazy Rich Asians ') not only centers (on) an Asian American story , it is also filled with a talented The fabulous cast of " Crazy Rich Asians " shut down Hollywod's TCL Chinese Theatre with Constance Wu said the film is making history . "Before (' Crazy Rich Asians '), I hadn't even done a

Four Atlantic staffers discuss the film’s particular power, and the movie moments they’re still thinking about.

Then there's Golding, Hollywood's newest heartthrob-to-be. “Crazy Rich Asians” is the chiseled British-Malaysian star's first major acting role, having made his way to the screen as a BBC travel host. "It's the mental barrier in Hollywood that Asians can’t be leading men or Asians can’t have onscreen romances together and be the fuel for the entire movie," he says.

Chan, who plays Nick's glamorous cousin Astrid, nods. She's seen too many Asian women in popular culture "fetishized, oversexualized, objectified, depicted as overly submissive," she says. "In Eleanor, Astrid and Rachel, you have three very different characters who are agents of change in their own lives."

The Brit deftly rescues a choice piece of crispy duck from the platter. “The skin’s the best part,” Chan grins.

The good news is "Crazy Rich Asians" boasts a 97 percent positive rating from critics on review site Rotten Tomatoes, with some even speculating it could be a contender for the new "popular" Oscars category.

Still, the film is under major pressure to perform well at the box office. "Not only to demonstrate the broad-based appeal of a film with a predominantly Asian cast, but it also bears the pressure to be the film that could bring the pure rom-com back to its former glory at the multiplex," says comScore senior media analyst Paul Dergarabedian.

All of this factors into why the stakes are so high for “Crazy Rich Asians." The general American population has never been to Singapore, sampled its street food (a tantalizing blend of Chinese, Malay and Indian cuisine) or rolled dumplings under the tutelage of grandparents. But they have passed on their own family traditions, fallen in love with unexpected partners and been terrified of their mothers-in-law.

That universality is why “Crazy Rich Asians” just may be this summer’s most widely appealing romantic comedy – and why producers turned down a crazy rich offer from Netflix, preferring a Warner Bros.-backed opening.

A nationwide movie theater release “sends a very strong message that a Hollywood studio that brands things as special and worth your time to fight against traffic and parking and getting into a theater (is behind this),” says Chu. “It says that we are worth your time and your energy. Which is a stronger message than anything.”

'The Nun' Rises to Box Office Record for 'Conjuring' Franchise .
Warner Bros.' is looking at another strong weekend at the box office thanks to their new "Conjuring" universe entry "The Nun," which is currently estimated to set a new franchise opening weekend record with $50 million from 3,876 screens. Interestingly, this estimate comes in spite of very weak critical and audience reception, with reviewers giving the film about a demonic woman of the cloth just 28 percent on Rotten Tomatoes while opening night audiences stamped the film with a C on CinemaScore. Also read: How Warner Bros. Defied the August Box Office Slump and Found Hits Without DC It remains to be seen how much of an impact this will have on Saturday and Sunday ticket sales this weekend, but industry estimates are still confident that the final weekend number will be higher than the $41.8 million opening for "The Conjuring 2." Friday totals for "The Nun" clocked in at $22.3 million, including $5.4 million from Thursday previews. WB has found big business in what is usually considered a slower period at the box office with families heading back to school. Last month, the studio successfully marketed "Crazy Rich Asians" to Asian-American audiences hungry for representation and "The Meg" to fans of campy monster flicks, and now it looks like they've gotten the word out on "The Nun" to the fanbase of "The Conjuring." The result? All three WB titles are in the top five this weekend.

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