SEVERE WX : Fire Weather Watch - Red Flag Warning View Alerts
STREAMING NOW: Watch Now

'Crazy Rich Asians' had a crazy bad opening weekend in China

Turns out China isn't so crazy about "Crazy Rich Asians."The romantic comedy was a breakout success i...

Posted: Dec 4, 2018 8:05 AM
Updated: Dec 4, 2018 8:05 AM

Turns out China isn't so crazy about "Crazy Rich Asians."

The romantic comedy was a breakout success in the United States for Warner Bros., but it flopped at the Chinese box office, taking in less than $1.2 million in its opening weekend, according to industry tracker Ent Group.

Asia

China

Continents and regions

East Asia

Arts and entertainment

Movies

Business and industry sectors

Business, economy and trade

Media industry

Movie and video industry

Movie revenues

North America

The Americas

United States

Companies

Warner Brothers

WarnerMedia

Comedians and comedy

To put that in perspective, Sony's (SNE) superhero blockbuster "Venom" pulled in $111 million in its opening weekend in China early last month.

The dismal Chinese debut for "Crazy Rich Asians" is a disappointment for the makers of the film, who had been hoping the romantic comedy would be a hit in the world's second largest movie market. But analysts were doubtful that the film's depiction of high-rolling members of the Chinese diaspora in Singapore would resonate with audiences in mainland China.

"Comedies are tricky films to handle in foreign markets, including China, because their appeal can be nuanced," said Rance Pow, CEO of Shanghai-based cinema consulting firm Artisan Gateway.

In the United States, the movie was lauded for featuring an all-Asian cast at a time when Hollywood has come under fire for its lack of diversity. But "a romantic comedy with an all-Asian cast is not a unique selling point in China," Pow said.

The last rom-com smash in China was "Ex-File 3: The Return of the Exes," a domestic franchise starring well known Chinese actors. It hauled in nearly $45 million in its opening weekend at the end of 2017.

Beijing was slow to give "Crazy Rich Asians" the go-ahead. It opened in China more than three months after the United States and Asian markets like Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore.

It was so late to mainland China that Warner Bros. had already released it on DVD and streaming platforms in other countries. That meant tech savvy Chinese movie fans could potentially find ways to watch the movie online, giving them even less of an incentive to watch it on the big screen.

Based on the novel of the same name by Kevin Kwan, "Crazy Rich Asians" became a late summer hit in the United States and has since been released in dozens of countries, from Australia to Venezuela. It has made $238 million worldwide so far.

A sequel is already in the early stages of development at Warner Bros. It will likely be based on the second book in Kwan's trilogy, "China Rich Girlfriend," which is largely set in Shanghai.

(Warner Bros., like CNN, is owned by WarnerMedia.)

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 32314

Reported Deaths: 542
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Multnomah7081137
Marion462792
Washington446859
Umatilla294841
Clackamas237761
Malheur160926
Lane114317
Jackson11235
Deschutes81012
Yamhill75513
Jefferson5248
Polk52315
Linn50813
Morrow4986
Lincoln47813
Union4432
Benton3076
Wasco2823
Klamath2802
Hood River2480
Douglas2234
Clatsop2050
Josephine1972
Columbia1621
Coos1520
Baker922
Crook611
Tillamook520
Lake320
Curry310
Wallowa281
Sherman180
Harney120
Grant90
Gilliam80
Unassigned00
Wheeler00

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 803660

Reported Deaths: 15516
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Los Angeles2657756488
Riverside581781189
San Bernardino53669922
Orange529041204
San Diego46001775
Kern31785361
Fresno28106382
Sacramento22026402
Alameda21028404
Santa Clara20882306
San Joaquin20194441
Stanislaus16452348
Contra Costa16327204
Tulare15897259
Ventura12617147
Imperial11781317
San Francisco1103899
San Mateo9785150
Monterey977270
Santa Barbara9003113
Merced8846140
Kings763177
Sonoma7320120
Marin6672117
Solano630963
Madera448165
Placer354244
San Luis Obispo351029
Butte280343
Yolo278955
Santa Cruz23199
Sutter169611
Napa166113
San Benito133111
Yuba11437
El Dorado10984
Mendocino89918
Shasta77717
Lassen7370
Glenn5743
Tehama5404
Lake53411
Nevada5317
Colusa5276
Humboldt5017
Calaveras31414
Amador29616
Tuolumne2274
Inyo18715
Mono1652
Siskiyou1650
Del Norte1391
Mariposa752
Plumas500
Modoc270
Trinity160
Sierra60
Alpine20
Unassigned00
Medford
Overcast
57° wxIcon
Hi: 73° Lo: 47°
Feels Like: 57°
Brookings
Overcast
61° wxIcon
Hi: 70° Lo: 60°
Feels Like: 61°
Crater Lake
Broken Clouds
54° wxIcon
Hi: 63° Lo: 38°
Feels Like: 54°
Grants Pass
Broken Clouds
50° wxIcon
Hi: 74° Lo: 46°
Feels Like: 50°
Klamath Falls
Broken Clouds
54° wxIcon
Hi: 68° Lo: 36°
Feels Like: 54°
Drying out this afternoon
KDRV Radar
KDRV Fire Danger
KDRV Weather Cam

Community Events

Latest Video

Image

Friday, September 25th Evening Weather

Image

First responders tell the Almeda Fire story

Image

Fire hydrants stopped pumping water during the Almeda Fire

Image

Jackson County Expo shelter remains, but resources move off-site

Image

Shawna Huggins of Phoenix

Image

Friday, September 25 afternoon weather

Image

Friday, September 25 morning weather

Image

Happy Camp Hero

Image

New multi-agency resource center opened in Medford

Image

Thursday, September 24th Evening Weather