‘Crazy Rich Asians’ keeps shining at N. American box office

LOS ANGELES, Sept 5, 2018 (BSS/AFP) – “Crazy Rich Asians” has ruled at the North American box office for the third weekend in a row, raking in close to $30 million over the Labor Day weekend, industry watchers said Tuesday.

The Warner Brothers adaptation of Kevin Kwan’s best-selling novel of the same name took in $28.6 million for the Friday-through-Monday period, dropping just 11 percent from the previous weekend, box office tracker Exhibitor Relations said.

The film, which has a mostly Asian cast, follows a Chinese-American economics professor as she meets her super-rich boyfriend’s family in Singapore in a story about the clash of love, family and great wealth.

Warner Brothers scored another hit with shark-thriller “The Meg,” in the No. 2 spot again with takings of $13.8 million. Jason Statham stars as a rescue diver trying to save scientists trapped in a submarine being attacked by a huge, prehistoric shark.

In third spot was Tom Cruise adventure film “Mission Impossible — Fallout” from Paramount, which took in $9.3 million. Globally, the action blockbuster has earned nearly $650 million, the best performance of any of the “MI” films to date.

Fourth went to MGM’s new “Operation Finale,” at $7.9 million. Oscar Isaac plays an Israeli Mossad agent who tracks Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann (Ben Kingsley) to the Buenos Aires suburb where he is living under a false name.

And in fifth was “Searching” from Sony, at $7.6 million. Written and directed by filmmaker Aneesh Chaganty, it tells the story of a Korean-American man’s desperate effort to find his teenage daughter after she goes missing in California. It stars John Cho, Michelle La and Debra Messing.

Rounding out this weekend’s top 10 were:

“Christopher Robin” ($7.2 million)

“Alpha” ($6 million)

“The Happytime Murders” ($5.4 million)

“BlackkKlansman” ($5.6 million)

“Mile 22” ($4.8 million)