Better to be crazy and rich than happy, apparently. At least when it comes to movie titles.
Crazy Rich Asians cruised to its second-straight box-office victory in a style befitting its title. The sweet, sassy romcom wooed moviegoers out of an estimated $25 million, nearly twice the haul of its nearest competitor. The film showed some incredible holdover power too, losing just 5.7% of its weekend-to-weekend audience. Box Office Mojo said its second-week drop was “one of the smallest of all time,” which suggests this movie is not just getting richer by the day, but is also crazy like a fox.
Who else had a happy weekend at the box office? Well, the gigantic prehistoric shark sure looked like it was grinning from earhole to earhole this weekend. (Or is that just the way the shark’s mouth was made? I was never good at prehistoric biology). The Meg, featuring said shark (with an assist from Jason Statham), landed another $13 million to push its overall catch past the $100 million mark in North America ($105.3 mil, if you must know). But it’s even a bigger fish in international waters, netting $303.3 million of chum overseas.
Also happy: Mission: Impossible – Fallout, which earned $8 million to finish fourth and push its total domestic gross to $193.9 million. It’s just about to pass 2015’s Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation as the franchise’s third-most-lucrative entry, and it might just pass the other two before it’s done.
Winnie-the-Pooh almost always seems happy, but he must’ve been particularly pleased with the holding power of Christopher Robin, Disney’s delightful live-action update of this beloved franchise. It unobtrusively gathered another $6.3 million, bringing its overall honeypot to $77.6 million to close out the top five.
Stuck smack-dab in the middle of the top five this weekend, you’ll find The Happytime Murders, which had a distinctly unhappy weekend. The movie’s foul-mouthed, sex-addled puppets (oh, and Melissa McCarthy, too) hoped to make a killing at the box office. Alas (for them), the only thing they killed was moviegoers’ collective sense of innocence and 90 minutes of their collective lives. The film earned $10 million—a figure below even the most dour predictions—and most of those who saw it kinda hated the thing: It received an abysmal “C-” audience reaction from CinemaScore, and anything below a “B” is considered pretty terrible.
You know, if puppet creator Brian Henson had just asked us whether the world was interested in watching puppets swear and have sex, we could’ve saved everyone a lot of trouble. Still, Happytime did perform better than the weekend’s other major new release. The PG-rated robotic dog movie A-X-L brought in just $2.9 million to finish way down in ninth place.