Crazy Rich Asians ruled the US box office for the second week with an astounding $24.8 million weekend. The incredible second frame is all the more impressive as it's just a fraction behind the $26.5 million opening last week. Most movies (especially romantic comedies) have at least a 40% drop in their second weekend, but Crazy Rich Asians dropped just 5.7%, which is the sort of decline that the major blockbusters can only wish for their releases.
Meanwhile, The Happytime Murders didn't do as well as expected, and expectations weren't that high. To put it in perspective The Happytime Murders officially ranks as the lowest opening for a Melissa McCarthy fronted comedy. Even sub-par material such as her previous effort Life of the Party mustered $17 million on its opening weekend. The Happytime Murders managed a paltry $9.5 million.
Critics weren't kind to the raunchy puppet comedy, but poor reviews haven't prevented many a movie striking a chord at the box office. However, there was a lack of publicity in the run-up to release; all the big US talk shows are on their summer hiatus which wouldn't have mattered as McCarthy was busy filming her new comedy Superintelligence.
Elsewhere in the US top ten, The Meg continued to devour the box office and passed two milestones over the weekend. The Jason Statham led B-movie has notched up more than $100 million domestically, and a whopping $306 million internationally. Currently sitting a global total of $412 million, The Meg has a serious shot at cracking half a billion before it finishes its run.
Mission Impossible Fallout held onto fourth place and will hit $200 million (domestic) before the end of the week. The sixth installment in the blockbuster franchise has amassed almost $550 million worldwide since its launch last month. Peter Berg's action thriller Mile 22 dropped to sixth place for a disappointing $26 million total after two weeks. The Mark Wahlberg led movie was meant to kick-start a franchise, but based on its poor performance thus far, I don't see how it would be a viable business decision for all involved. Finally, Ant-Man and the Wasp generated more than $68 million from its release in China that has helped the Marvel sequel surpass the lifetime gross of the first movie.