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‘Crazy Rich Asians’ sparkles at North America box office

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Highly anticipated rom-com “Crazy Rich Asians” — the first Hollywood film with a mainly Asian cast in a generation — dazzled the North American box office in its debut weekend, claiming the top spot, industry estimates showed Sunday.

"Crazy Rich Asians" stars Gemma Chan, Michelle Yeoh, Henry Golding, Awkwafina and Constance Wu, seen here attending the premiere at TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX on August 7, 2018 in Hollywood. (GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP / Alberto E. Rodriguez / MANILA BULLETIN)

“Crazy Rich Asians” stars Gemma Chan, Michelle Yeoh, Henry Golding, Awkwafina and Constance Wu, seen here attending the premiere at TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX on August 7, 2018, in Hollywood. (GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP / Alberto E. Rodriguez / MANILA BULLETIN)

The Warner Bros. adaptation of Kevin Kwan’s best-selling novel of the same name raked in $34 million since hitting theaters on Wednesday, box office tracker Exhibitor Relations said. Of the total, the film took in $25.2 million at the weekend.

Starring veteran actress Michelle Yeoh, British-Malaysian former BBC host Henry Golding and American sitcom star Constance Wu, the film tells the story of a American economics professor who meets her super-wealthy boyfriend’s family in Singapore — and all the drama that ensues.

It is the first Tinseltown film with a predominantly Asian cast since “The Joy Luck Club” in 1993.

Shark thriller “The Meg” tumbled to second place in its second week, taking in $21.2 million. It stars action movie regular Jason Statham as a rescue diver who tries to save scientists in a submarine from an attack by a huge, prehistoric shark.

“Mile 22” — a new spy thriller-action flick starring Mark Wahlberg — opened in third place at $13.6 million.

Another debut film, prehistoric adventure tale “Alpha,” shared fourth place at $10.5 million with summer blockbuster “Mission: Impossible – Fallout.”

The latest installment in the “M:I” franchise has now taken in $180.7 million overall.

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