Lower-than-average week-to-week drops was the main theme at the box office this weekend.
It was yet another crazy rich weekend at the box office for Warner Bros’ romantic comedy Crazy Rich Asians. The book-to-film adaptation dropped just 5.7% in its second frame, bringing in an impressive $25 million. To put that into perspective, the average drop for a film in its sophomore outing is around 50% which makes Crazy Rich Asian‘s 5.7% the 11th smallest second-week drop ever. The film’s total domestic haul after two weeks now totals over $76 million and is on pace to gross north of $150 million.
Still treading behind Crazy Rich Asians in second place is another WB surprise hit. The Meg devoured an additional $13 million the last three days, bringing its domestic catch to an admirable $105.3 million.
STX’s raunchy puppet comedy The Happytime Murders debuted at number three with a disappointing $10 million. Anticipation for this Brian Henson film started building following the release of its initial redband trailer. Unfortunately, this weekend’s underperformance is the ultimate consequence of poor critical reception, with a 26 Metacritic score and a 22% critic consensus via the Tomatometer.
At number four this weekend was Mission: Impossible– Fallout. The sixth film in the long-tenured series scored an estimated $8 million. Domestically alone the high-octane sequel has grossed just shy of $194 million. ‘Fallout’ is currently outpacing domestic franchise leader Mission: Impossible II by a slim $5 million. Worldwide the Tom Cruise vehicle now stands over $538 million.
Rounding out the top five is the live-action Winnie the Pooh movie strangely titled Christopher Robin. Strange title or not, the film scooped up an extra $6.3 million out of the domestic honey jar. That’s a mere 28.5% drop from last weekend. As stated last week, this movie continues to benefit from the lack of competing family fare. Expect it to continue to do so next weekend as well.