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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

 

This past weekend saw the wide release of The Happytime Murders, the latest comedy from Melissa McCarthy.

At No. 1 in an amazing turn is none other than Crazy Rich Asians. While it’s not a huge surprise that the film managed to steal the weekend for a second time, what is astounding is its performance compared to its opening weekend. Last weekend, it took in $26.5M, and this weekend, it made $25.0M, marking an incredibly low drop. For reference, it’s normal to see a 50% drop, and in this case, it was only 5.7% — an amazing feat, and proof that word of mouth has been insane. Don’t be surprised if it this thing sticks around much longer than expected.

In second place is The Meg, still hanging on by its shark teeth with around $13M. Thus far, it’s made $408.6M worldwide, far and away making back its $130 million budget. Honestly, with this performance for a completely new IP, I’d be shocked if we didn’t start hearing about a sequel. Clearly, there’s something audiences are enjoying about the movie.

In third place is The Happytime Murders with a disappointing $10M. However, with its bad reviews and C- CinemaScore, it’s clear that neither audiences nor critics liked what they had to see. While it wasn’t quite clear what many were expecting, it’s been pointed out that McCarthy’s lowest opening just hit last May with $17.8M — clearly, this is much worse than that.

The top 10 domestic weekend box office estimates, listed in descending order, per data collected as of Sunday, August 26, are below:

Crazy Rich Asians – Warner Bros. – $25.0M
Meg, The – Warner Bros. – $13.0M
Happytime Murders, The – STX Entertainment – $10.0M
Mission: Impossible – Fallout – Paramount – $8.0M
Disney’s Christopher Robin – Disney – $6.3M
Mile 22 – STX Entertainment – $6.0M
Alpha – Studio 8 – $5.6M
BlacKkKlansman – Focus Features – $5.4M
AXL – Global Road – $3.0M
Slender Man – SGem – $2.8M

The top 3 worldwide weekend box office estimates, listed in descending order, per data collected as of Sunday, August 26, are below:

Ant-Man And The Wasp – Disney – $73.0M
Meg, The – Warner Bros. – $45.7M
Crazy Rich Asians – Warner Bros. – $31.0M

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SOURCE: Box Office Mojo, comScore

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.