‘Crazy Rich Asians’ shines at box office


‘Crazy Rich Asians’ shines at box office

LOS ANGELES

Glitz won over guns as the gilded romance “Crazy Rich Asians” debuted at No. 1 in North American theaters this weekend, surpassing industry expectations and beating out action-packed fare such as “Mile 22.”

Warner Bros. estimates that the film earned $25.2 million over the weekend and $34 million since its opening Wednesday. It’s a surefire win for the film, which cost $30 million to produce and went into the weekend with months of buzz and a 93 percent “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Despite the success of “Crazy Rich Asians,” other films still found audiences this weekend, including Warner Bros. shark movie “The Meg,” which fell only 53 percent in its second weekend, adding $21.2 million. The Jason Statham-led film has now grossed over $300 million worldwide.

Mark Wahlberg’s action-packed “Mile 22,” his fourth collaboration with director Peter Berg, debuted in third place with an estimated $13.6 million. The STX film had a $35 million production budget.

Tying for fourth place at the box office were “Alpha” and “Mission: Impossible – Fallout,” each with $10.5 million, and in fifth place was “Christopher Robin,” with $8.9 million.

At least 14 hurt before Backstreet Boys show

THACKERVILLE, Okla.

At least 14 people have been injured and transported to hospitals after trusses holding up the entrance to a resort where the Backstreet Boys were set to begin a concert in Oklahoma collapsed.

WinStar World Casino and Resort said in a statement posted on Twitter on Saturday the resort began an evacuation at about 5 p.m. when lightning was within 4 miles of the casino.

The company says about 150 patrons did not evacuate, and when the storm hit with 70-80 mph winds, it knocked over trusses and the entrance collapsed on them. Of the 14 people taken to a hospital, two have been released.

WinStar later said the concert was postponed to a later date. Band member Kevin Richardson tweeted that the concert had been sold out with about 12,000 fans.

Associated Press

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