Crazy Rich Asians tops Singapore box office in first week, earning $2.5m

Crazy Rich Asians opened on 120 screens and grossed $2.5 million at the box office from Aug 21 to Aug 26.
Crazy Rich Asians opened on 120 screens and grossed $2.5 million at the box office from Aug 21 to Aug 26.PHOTO: WARNER BROS

SINGAPORE - Crazy Rich Asians topped the box office in Singapore in its first week, chalking up some of the best opening numbers for a romantic comedy in Singapore.

The movie, about a fabulously wealthy man taking his Chinese-American girlfriend home to Singapore to meet his relatives, opened on 120 screens and grossed $2.5 million at the box office from when it opened in sneak previews last Wednesday (Aug 21) to Sunday (Aug 26).

The Cinderella story, which stars the relatively unknown Henry Golding and Constance Wu as the romantic couple, beat the previous week's number one movie, the big-budget shark-attack picture The Meg, starring action hero Jason Statham.

Based on the 2013 bestselling novel by Singapore-born Kevin Kwan, the comedy's earnings compares well against other romantic movies based on bestselling novels or television franchises.

The film beat the opening week grosses of Fifty Shades of Grey (2015, $931,000), The Fault In Our Stars (2014, $675,000) and Sex And The City 2 (2010, $691,000).

The ticket sales however pale in comparison to what superhero blockbusters can generate in first weekends. Earlier this year, Avengers: Infinity War took $6.12 million in its first week, the biggest opening ever here.

The first week success of the film in Singapore mirrors its status in the United States, where it went to the top of the charts with a US$26.5 million (S$36 million) first weekend ending Aug 19, then kept its number one spot last weekend with a take of US$25 million.

Mr Ng Peng Hui, general manager of Warner Bros Singapore, told The Straits Times: "We are very happy with the box office result of Crazy Rich Asians. Most rewarding of all is how it has been warmly embraced by Singaporeans, thanks to its great word-of-mouth."