Movie Money Refinanced: Episode IX

This weekend the top 5 box office provided yet another win for diveristy in film and offered an important lesson for studios. Hint: Making movies of a minority ethnicity isn’t a risk anymore. Nor was it ever. 

What a way for that lesson to be learned. After making back its $30M budget in its opening weekend, the all Asian cast romantic comedy, ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ has had a monstroud second weekend bringing in $24M, just dipping 6.4% below its opening.

That’s an incredible feat and it means the film has more than doubled its budget just domestically. Worldwide the film has made $83.9M and is set to make more as it releases in more regions around the globe. 

At number 2 we have ‘The Meg’ with $12.8M in its 3rd weekend in the top five. Its domestic total is $105M dragging behind its $130M budget, but it’s more than made up for it worldwide as it’s global total sits at a comfortable $411.5M. Lurking behind at #3 is ‘The Happytime Murders’, which opened with $9.5M, massively underperforming behind it’s $40M budget. Safe to say the crude muppet McCarthy murder mystery is a bomb, and there’s really nothing more to say on it. Hopefully the world forgets about it soon.

There’s no mystery to be solved here. Except for why this got made.

Continuing to dominate the field is ‘Mission Impossible: Fallout’, which has made $8M this weekend, and has surpassed its budget of $178M, with its domestic total of $193M. Worldwide the film has grossed $538.7M. Finally at number 5, coming in clutch from Sunday is ‘Mile 22’. The film previously was reported to be at the number 6 spot, but has beat out ‘Disney’s Christopher Robin’ by a mere $104,259, bringing in $6.3M. The films domestic total is only half of its $50M budget at $25.5M, and is not doing itself any favours worldwide, as its global total is only $31.8M. 

That’s the top 5 for this week and as always you can check out the podcast episode above for the latest on movie news, and our in depth analysis of the box office.

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