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LOS ANGELES – Glitz gained out over weapons because the gilded romance “Crazy Rich Asians” made its debut at No. 1 this weekend, surpassing industry expectations and beating out action-packed fare like “Mile 22.”

The studio estimates that “Crazy Rich Asians” earned $25.2 million for the weekend and $34 million since opening Wednesday. It’s a surefire win for the film, which cost $30 million to produce and went into the weekend with a 93 percent “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Breakout star Henry Golding told The Associated Press on Sunday that the film’s performance is a “testament to the people who are turning up.”

“It’s not just the Asians who are coming. It’s people of all colors from all walks of life who are enjoying this cinematic experience,” Golding says. “It’s a real shift in Hollywood.”

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Adapted from Kevin Kwan’s best-seller, “Crazy Rich Asians” stars Constance Wu as an American woman who gets a culture shock meeting her boyfriend’s obscenely wealthy family in Singapore. The studio strategically bumped up the film’s opening to a Wednesday.

“We knew we’d get avids who read the book and a large Asian following,” says Jeff Goldstein, Warner Bros. domestic distribution president. “We figured OK, we get good reviews, open on Wednesday, word of mouth will spread and really propel the movie into the weekend, and that’s exactly what happened.”

As recently as July 26, box-office experts were predicting that the film would open to at least $18 million for its first five days, but no one expected it to launch with more than $30 million.

“The audience isn’t an obvious audience,” Goldstein says. “When you get a culturally important event like this movie, I think it just takes off like wildfire.”

The stakes were high for the first studio-produced movie led by Asian-Americans in 25 years. The filmmakers even turned down a big offer from Netflix to give the historically significant film a theatrical platform. 

Director Jon M. Chu tweeted his appreciation Sunday and requested audiences to stay spreading the phrase.

“We nonetheless have a long term to move however our message to the arena has been heard. We now have arrived,” Chu wrote. “Now let’s move inform extra of our tales! We now have much more to mention. And I do not wish to wait any other 25 years to look them. That is most effective the start.”

In spite of the luck of “Loopy Wealthy Asians,” different motion pictures nonetheless discovered audiences this weekend, together with shark film “The Meg,” which fell most effective 53 p.c in its 2d weekend, including $21.2 million. The Jason Statham-led movie has now grossed greater than $300 million international.

Mark Wahlberg’s action-packed “Mile 22,” his fourth collaboration with director Peter Berg, debuted in 3rd position with an estimated $13.6 million. 

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Launching with $10.five million, “Alpha,” an Ice Age-set circle of relatives journey, tied for fourth position in its opening weekend with Tom Cruise’s newest “Project: Unimaginable” installment, “Fallout.” 

Hollywood’s profitable streak continues with the summer time up 12.four p.c from remaining yr and the yr general up eight.nine p.c.

“The field place of business is on a roll,” says comScore senior media analyst Paul Dergarabedian, noting the various style choices. “The lineup principally seems like a streaming carrier. That is what folks have grow to be acquainted with, and the film theater is turning in it in a large means this summer time.”

Ultimate numbers are anticipated Monday.

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