Asian August concluded with fruitful results: “Crazy Rich Asians” continued to break records this Labor Day weekend, reviving the romantic comedy genre and exemplifying why representation matters.
The Hollywood Reporter reported that the movie is the top showing for a rom-com since “The Proposal” in 2009, which earned $164 million. “Crazy Rich Asians” finished its three-week run with an estimated $117 million domestically. Warner Bros. raked in $28.3 million over the weekend — the best Labor Day showing since “Halloween” in 2007, according to Variety. And the movie has become the the most successful live-action comedy domestically, regardless of genre, since 2017’s “Girls Trip.” It is only the fourth film this year to top the box office three weekends in a row, following “Avengers: Infinity War,” “Black Panther,” and “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.”
The film’s cast took to Twitter to share their reactions.
Jon M. Chu
The film’s director shared his excitement in anticipation for the movie’s projected numbers.
I’ve been getting box office updates all night and it just keeps getting better Unreal. I’ve never been more happy with less sleep. Thank you to everyone who is showing up AGAIN and bringing their friends!! We could break another historical record by Monday if this keeps up. https://t.co/fvd1UOoAq1
— Jon M. Chu (@jonmchu) September 1, 2018
When the weekend concluded, Chu was left speechless.
— Jon M. Chu (@jonmchu) September 3, 2018
Wu, who plays lead Rachel Chu, poured out her gratitude to all who were involved with the film.
Wow! I feel so lucky&grateful for this movie & all the ppl who worked on it & the ppl who supported it & ESP grateful for the opportunity to tell this story, do this work—Acting has been my lifelong passion so it’s a gift that I do not take for granted. Thank u thank u thank u https://t.co/lfHsdNsN3z
— Constance Wu (@ConstanceWu) September 4, 2018
Nick Young himself highlighted one of the several accomplishments from the weekend.
3 weeks in a row ❤️ https://t.co/SM8KAeghFN
— Henry Golding (@henrygolding) September 1, 2018
The British actress, who shines as Astrid Young Teo, thanked the public and shouted out her next stop in London for the film’s red carpet premiere.
Third weekend at No. 1 and best Labor Day weekend in a decade.
The response has been beyond anything we could have imagined, thank you so much
— Gemma Chan (@gemma_chan) September 2, 2018
Pang, whose character Colin Khoo held the wedding of the century, succinctly summarized his feelings.
— Chris Pang (@pangerz) September 4, 2018
Santos stole the show as Nick’s fashion-forward cousin Oliver T’sien. He tweeted his appreciation for the continuous support.
— Nico Santos (@nicosantos) August 31, 2018
The actor simply stated facts, listing the film’s statistics. Chieng portrays Eddie Cheng, one of Nick Young’s mega-successful cousins.
— Ronny Chieng (@ronnychieng) September 2, 2018
The comedian hilariously portrays Bernard Tai, Nick and Colin Khoo’s former classmate and resident party animal. He sincerely wished everyone a blessed Labor Day weekend.
— Jimmy O. Yang (@FunnyAsianDude) September 1, 2018
Harry Shum Jr.
The actor made a brief cameo in the film to set up for his role as Charlie Wu in the sequel. He also took to Twitter to share the impressive box office stats.
Biggest Labor Day opening in a decade, #1 movie for the 3rd week and crossing the $100M+ mark!! https://t.co/FZnnwxFfgg
— Harry Shum Jr (@HarryShumJr) September 2, 2018
Unlike her character Francesca, a snobby socialite and one of Nick’s ex-girlfriends, Soo expressed her gratitude on Twitter and Instagram.
I’m very blessed. So thankful to be a part of this project.
The no.1 movie in the US for 3 straight weeks
We passed the 100mil mark
How amazing is this!!
Thank you guys for supporting… https://t.co/75c5t9rvyJ
— Carmen Soo (@carmensoo) September 3, 2018
While Wong’s role as Peik Lin’s brother P.T. Goh was small, he shared the cast’s sentiment.
This still doesn’t quite feel real to me tbh https://t.co/IfFuy3GLlU
— Calvin Wong Tze Loon (@ithayla) September 4, 2018
Jeong is a certified scene stealer as Peik Lin’s dad Wye Mun Goh. He played on the film’s title to express his feelings.
Crazy Rich Love. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/McMalmUP9Y
— Ken Jeong (@kenjeong) September 2, 2018
Nick’s other aunt, Felicity Young, also seemed at a loss for words.
— Janice Koh (@janicekoh) September 4, 2018
Tyler composed the score for “Crazy Rich Asians,” and has worked on films like “Avengers: Age of Ultron” and “Furious 7.” He also took to Twitter to send his own shoutout.
— Brian Tyler (@BrianTylerMusic) September 4, 2018