‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Tops Box Office, Marks Another Step for Hollywood

Crazy Rich Asians has made bank this weekend and is going on a helicopter shopping spree of the U.S. box office! The buzzy rom-com from Warner Bros. has earned $25.2 million over the weekend at 3,384 theaters in the U.S. and Canada, nabbing the top spot from The Meg. Crazy Rich Asians has already earned $35 million since it opened on Wednesday. This is another huge milestone for Hollywood, the first major Hollywood production to feature all Asian leads since The Joy Luck Club in 1993—and further proof that audiences want new movies that reflect our own diversity.

Crazy Rich Asians is based on the best-selling book by Kevin Kwan set in the glitzy world of Sinagpore’s one percent. Rachel (Constance Wu) is a middle-class Chinese-American economics student who falls in love with Nick (Henry Golding) and discovers he’s the scion of an incredibly wealthy family in Singapore, dominated by intimidating matriarch Eleanor Young (Michaelle Young). Boy meets girl, boy is rich, girl meets potential mother-in-law. Naturally, it’s going to be an emotional rollercoaster—or should we say an emotional yacht cruise? (They’re really, really rich, okay?)

Hollywood is still grappling with a legacy of discrimination and typecasting and exploring new ways to appeal to diverse audiences at home and abroad. Movies like Black Panther and Crazy Rich Asians are a lesson that movies helmed by people of color are capable of financial and critical success. Audiences are hungry for films that not only reflect the diversity we see all around us, but tell heartwarming, ultimately familiar stories in new and exciting ways.

Crazy Rich Asians is now playing in theaters.