Wahlberg is crazy rich in real life, but he's hit a couple of rough patches at the box office in the past few years, including "Mile 22" taking third place in its opening weekend with $13.6 million.
Meanwhile, "Crazy Rich Asians" made $34.7 million over its five day opening, including $25.2 million at the August 17-19 weekend box office. That was reportedly above expectations, aka the tracking numbers that are so rarely right but they keep trying every week bless them.
"Crazy Rich Asians" is the first romantic comedy to open with more than $20 million since "Trainwreck." It's certainly not "The Meg" opening numbers, but in this superhero-action-thriller-sequel-obsessed world, it's a big win.
Speaking of "The Meg," it took second place in its second weekend, picking up $21.1 million -- which is about what it was expected to get LAST weekend, when it opened to more than double its predicted take.
Warner Bros. takes a lot of heat in this Marvel-lovin' world, but between "The Meg" and "Crazy Rich Asians," the studio is more than pulling its weight to keep the August box office afloat.
Director Jon M. Chu's "Crazy Rich Asians" (Cinemascore A) had a $30 million budget vs. Peter Berg's "Mile 22" (B-) estimated $35 million budget. Another year, the box office results might be flipped. Instead, Berg and Wahlberg's fourth team-up was one of their lowest. The action thriller was hoped to launch a franchise -- and maybe it still will, honestly, who knows -- but that opening was even below the high teens estimates.
"Mile 22" also opened in 3,520 theaters vs. 3,384 for "Crazy Rich Asians." They both played on several hundred fewer screens than "The Meg." So the "Crazy Rich Asians" per-screen average was thousands of dollars higher than everyone else.
Fourth place was basically a tie between the other new movie of the week, "Alpha," and "Mission: Impossible - Fallout." "Alpha" picked up $10.5 million from about 2,700 screens. "Mission: Impossible 6" also made $10.5 million from more than 3,400 screens.
"The Meg" has been out for two weeks and already has $314 million worldwide, with $230 million coming from the foreign box office alone. Those international coins mean EVERYTHING. On that note, "Mission: Impossible 6," which has been out for four weeks, has $501.4 million worldwide, with $320M alone from the foreign box office. Well deserved.
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