BOX OFFICE: “Crazy Rich Asians” wins weekend, “Mile 22” and “Alpha” underwhelm

asians1A Wednesday opening jump-started “Crazy Rich Asians'” weekend, as the Warner Brothers all-Asian comedy is on a pace to reach $31 million or so by midnight Sunday. That’s adding in a $21 million weekend, allowing the adaptation of Kevin Kwan’s first novel in his comic trilogy to just edge the second weekend of “The Meg,” which will manage $20 million and change. suggests that “Asians” is making bank mainly on the West Coast where America’s largest Asian-American population lies.

“The Meg,” remember, was Chinese financed and heavy in Chinese setting, content, characters and subtext. China owns August at the American box office.

“Mile 22” is a rambling, incoherent “Trump’s right, America’s not great” action film wrapped in post-patriotism, Russians-win messaging, and lots of Mark Wahlberg babbling about nobody knowing what “collusion” means and the like. It’s not going to break even — $14-15 million tops.

“Alpha” deserves a bigger audience than the million or so parents and kids who are paying to see it. It might reach $10 million if Saturday is more impressive than Friday or the Thursday night previews.

“BlackKlansman” is giving Spike Lee his first modest hit in a decade, it should be in the $35 million range by Labor Day.
“Mission: Impossible — Fallout” could hit $200 million by summer’s end, “Christopher Robin” should clear $70, all-in. “Mamma Mia!” the ABBA B-sides prequel will finish its run right around $125. And appallingly, “Hotel Transylvania 3” will leave the top ten next weekend in the $155-160 million range.



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Movie Critic, formerly with McClatchy-Tribune News Service, Orlando Sentinel, published in Spin Magazine, The World and now published here, Orlando Magazine, Autoweek Magazine
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