‘Crazy Rich Asians’ keeps shining at US box office

Cast member Michelle Yeoh poses at the premiere for ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ in Los Angeles. (Reuters pic)

LOS ANGELES: “Crazy Rich Asians” has ruled at the North American box office for the third weekend in a row, raking in close to US$30 million (RM124 million) over the Labor Day weekend, industry watchers said Tuesday.

The Warner Brothers adaptation of Kevin Kwan’s best-selling novel of the same name took in US$28.6 million for the Friday-through-Monday period, dropping just 11% from the previous weekend, box office tracker Exhibitor Relations said.

The film, which has a mostly Asian cast, follows a Chinese-American economics professor as she meets her super-rich boyfriend’s family in Singapore in a story about the clash of love, family and great wealth.

Warner Brothers scored another hit with shark-thriller “The Meg,” in the No. 2 spot again with takings of US$13.8 million. Jason Statham stars as a rescue diver trying to save scientists trapped in a submarine being attacked by a huge, prehistoric shark.

In third spot was Tom Cruise adventure film “Mission Impossible – Fallout” from Paramount, which took in US$9.3 million. Globally, the action blockbuster has earned nearly US$650 million, the best performance of any of the “MI” films to date.

Fourth went to MGM’s new “Operation Finale,” at US$7.9 million. Oscar Isaac plays an Israeli Mossad agent who tracks Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann (Ben Kingsley) to the Buenos Aires suburb where he is living under a false name.

And in fifth was “Searching” from Sony, at US$7.6 million. Written and directed by filmmaker Aneesh Chaganty, it tells the story of a Korean-American man’s desperate effort to find his teenage daughter after she goes missing in California. It stars John Cho, Michelle La and Debra Messing.