Hollywood’s fascination for romantic-comedy film “Crazy Rich Asians” has infected Filipino moviegoers, making it possible for the film to break two Philippine box office records.
“Crazy Rich Asians” was released in the Philippines on August 22, 2018.
In just 5 days, it earned a whopping PHP 82.7 million, making it Warner Brothers’ biggest opening weekend in the Philippines this 2018.
It beat by a mile the PHP 63.4 million opening weekend gross of the science fiction thriller, “The Meg”, which starred English actor-producer, Jason Statham.
Another box office record broken by “Crazy Rich Asians” is the All-Time Biggest Opening Weekend for a Foreign Romantic Comedy, previously held by “Maid in Manhattan”, which opened in Feb 2003 in Manila.
Warner Brothers announced these new box office records on Twitter, accompanied by a video of US-based Filipino comedian Nico Santos thanking Filipinos for making the movie a box office success.
It’s been a crazy weekend, as #CrazyRichAsians [Crazy Rich Asians] opens to record-breaking box-office results: Opened at #1 this weekend with PHP 82.7 million, making it WB’s biggest opening weekend this 2018, and biggest opening weekend for a foreign/english rom-com of all-time.
Aside from Nico Santos, “Crazy Rich Asians” includes Philippine Queen of All Media, Kris Aquino in the cast. Kris plays the a short but very important role of Princess Intan, a Malay royalty who does not want to speak to anyone.
Completing the cast are Awkwafina, Gemma Chan, Michelle Yeoh, Sonoya Mizuno, Ken Jeong, Harry Shum Jr., Fiona Xie, Jimmy O. Yang, Pierre Png, Chris Pang, Ronny Chieng, Lisa Lu, Jing Lusi, Remy Hii, Carmen Soo, and Tan Kheng Hua.
The “Crazy Rich Asians” is the first full-length film in over 25 years to have a predominantly Asian-American cast. The last film that had such casting was “Joy Luck Club”.