“Crazy Rich Asians” seems to be on its way to making a lot of money.
Early tracking has it making at least 18 million dollars in its first week, according to Variety.
I know some of you are thinking 18 million dollars isn’t much. “Black Panther” made almost 250 million dollars in its first weekend but that’s the wrong comparison. The correct comparison is to other romantic comedies. Usually rom-coms come in around 15-30 million dollars so it’s pretty, pretty, pretty good.
Also, I think it’s going to make a lot more money, the early screenings have been selling out according to Deadline. My guess is it’ll make at least 35 million dollars. It has a lot of things going for it like riding that diversity wave. Asian are going to come out in full force so they could prove to Hollywood that we’re “hella worthy”. Lonely white women that loved the book will also flock to theaters and that’s an easy 35 million dollars opening weekend.
There’s also added pressure by the Asian Hollywood elites putting the pressure on Asian Americans. It’s like if we miss this movie we can longer call ourselves Asians. Director John Chu and the cast members are saying it’s some kind of “movement” and a “watershed moment” and the only Asian move since the “Joy Luck Club”. But what about “Harold and Kumar”, “Namaste”, “Better Luck Tomorrow”, and many others. Additionally, the following week “Searching” starring John Cho comes out.
Don’t try to Asian mom me and guilt trip me into seeing this movie which I plan to see anyway. Instead, try to sell it by saying that it’s a good movie. All the critics seem to agree that it’s a good movie. The 28 critics that checked in so far as of August 10, 2018, has the rottentomatoes.com score at 100%.
“So what’s the movie about?”
“Crazy Rich Asians,” tells the story of Rachel Chu, played by Constance Wu, who accompanies her boyfriend Nick Young, played by Henry Golding to Singapore to attend his best friend’s wedding. She finds out that Nick Young comes from one of the wealthiest families in Singapore. Sadly his mother, Eleanor Sung Young, played by Michelle Yeoh doesn’t accept her because she is an American and not from the same class. But luckily with the help of some wacky crazy rich Asians, maybe she can win over Eleanor.
Now I didn’t read the book or see the movie but I’m going to guess some goofy hijinks happen with some goofy Asians where Rachel and/or Eleanor learns something about love and family. Eventually, I’m guessing, Rachel thaws the ice cold Asian mom Eleanor and wins her approval and Nick and Rachel live happily ever after. The only reason I didn’t read the book was that when I found out about the book, I also found out they were making a movie about it. And one of my rules in life is never read a book that’s going to be a movie because it’s a waste of time and the movies are always better.
“Crazy Rich Asians”, based on the bestselling book by Kevin Kwan hits theaters on Wednesday, August 15th, 2018.