‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Stringing Up Melissa McCarthy’s Naughty Puppets With $21M-$23M

5 in weekend 4 with an estimated $6M, -32%, with $77.2M by Sunday. Disney's Christopher Robin is No.
The studio will go wider with the title on Aug. Sony has in limited release Searching in 9 venues; an unconventional thriller that Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisition snapped up at Sundance (when it was titled Search). Pic marks the feature directorial debut of 27-year-old Asian American helmer Aneesh Chaganty, and stars a largely Asian cast. In Searching, John Cho plays a desperate father whose 16-year-old daughter goes missing; he breaks into her laptop to search for clues. 31.
Following bad news at Global Road that the banks have taken over their domestic theatrical production and distribution ops, they're opening robot dog movie A.X.L. (what does that even mean?) at 1,695 theaters with an expected disastrous result of $2M-$3M.
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Lower down the charts, Studio 8/Sony's Alpha grossed $715K last night, -32% from Wednesday, for a $14.5M first week. STX's Mile 22 ended its first week with $19.1M, after a $1M Thursday, -6% from Wednesday.
Yesterday, Meg earned $1.4M, -23% from Wednesday for a current running total of $92.3M. Definitely by Sunday, possibly by Saturday, Warner Bros./China Gravity's The Meg will cross $100M, becoming Jason Statham's sixth starring role feature to do so.
Other McCarthy preview nights include Ghostbusters (PG-13, $3.4M), Spy (R, $1.5M), and the Sandra Bullock cop comedy The Heat (R, $1M), Happytime Murders expands to 3,256 theaters today. Happytime Murders' Thursday night isn't that far from McCarthy's R-rated The Boss from April 2016, which drew $985K at 2,533 theaters and continued on to a $8M Friday, $23.5M weekend. Unlike Sausage Party which was propelled by young males, females on tracking have the edge here with Happytime given McCarthy's fanbase. The pic, directed by McCarthy's husband Ben Falcone, off a B CinemaScore wound up with a 2.9 multiple stateside with $52.8M. The Brian Henson-directed comedy cost $40M before P&A with a consortium of financiers. Too soon to tell if Happytime even smiles that wide. That's a better result than McCarthy's PG-13 comedy Life of the Party back in May, which posted a $700K Thursday night from 2,900 locations on its way to a $4.9M Friday and $17.9M opening weekend.
1ST UPDATE, FRIDAY 7:10AM: STX Entertainment's R-rated Melissa McCarthy puppet comedy The Happytime Murders, one of summer's last wide releases, collected $950K previews at 2,500 locations.
Crazy Rich Asians star Henry Golding and director Chu are supporting Searching and promoting a #GoldOpen for the movie and buying out a theater so that audiences can see it.
Paramount/Skydance's Mission: Impossible – Fallout is heading for 4th with $7.3M in weekend 5, -32%, which would put the Tom Cruise pic at $193.2M by Sunday.
2ND UPDATE, FRIDAY MIDDAY: At this point in time, industry matinees show Warner Bros. Crazy Rich Asians is bound for a $6M Friday. Crazy Rich Asians prevailing over STX's The Happytime Murders, with $21M-$23M, -18% for weekend 2 on its way to $74.8M on the high end.
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Despite the entry of Happytime Murders, which is expected to earn $13M-$15M, Warner Bros.' multi-generational hit romantic comedy Crazy Rich Asians is expected to remain golden in its second weekend with $16M-$18M, -36%, for a running total by Sunday of $69.8M. Chu film grossed $3.6M, -2% from Wednesday for a nine-day total of $51.8M. On Thursday, the Jon M.
is going to the dogs with a forecasted $700K today, $2.1M opening. Global Road's robotic dog A.X.L.
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The Happytime Murders is eyeing $11M-$13M after a $950K start last night. By Sunday, on the high end, Meg could reach $105M+ Friday is projected at $4.5M. The Meg is looking to take third behind Happytime, however, there's a chance it could outstrip as it's landing in the same weekend bandwidth. Warner Bros. Truth be told, gotta give this R-rated pic a shot to leg out until tonight as the stoners and young folk head to late showtimes.