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Crazy Rich Asians Just Got Crazier

And Melissa McCarthy's 'Happytime Murders' was no match
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 26, 2018 11:21 AM CDT
In this Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018 photo, Audrey Sue-Matsumoto, right, holds tickets as she poses for photos with her mother Alice Sue while interviewed outside of a movie theater after watching the movie...   (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
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(Newser) – The opening weekend for Crazy Rich Asians was historic. Its second weekend was even more impressive, the AP reports. The romantic comedy sensation slid just 6% from its chart-topping debut to again lead the box office with $25 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. Almost as many people turned out over the weekend for Crazy Rich Asians as they did for its opening. That's virtually never the case for non-holiday releases, which typically drop about 50%. But propelled by an eagerness for a major Hollywood film led by Asian stars, Crazy Rich Asians is showing almost unprecedented legs.

It was helped by weak competition. The critically slammed R-rated puppet caper The Happytime Murders debuted with $10.1 million, a career-low for Melissa McCarthy. The robot-dog fantasy A.X.L. flopped with $2.9 million. Holdovers did OK, with mega-shark flick The Meg banking another $13 million, followed by Mission: Impossible—Fallout ($8 million) and Christopher Robin ($6.3 million), per the Hollywood Reporter.

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