Thursday, April 18, 2024

“Crazy Rich Asians” Hits $111 Million, A Milestone for Original Non-Sequel Comedy-Drama


Every hit this summer was either a comic book movie, a sequel to a comic book or a sequel to something.

Not “Crazy Rich Asians.” A totally original comedy-drama, the Asian-American-Asian phenom is a sequel to nothing. Today it hits $111 million at the box office, which is a milestone if not a record, and much to be congratulated. Hurrah!

Of course, soon there will be two “Crazy Rich Asian” sequels, but this one will be the template for success. In a year that brought us the huge success of “Black Panther” and the critical success of “Blackkklansman,” the soaring triumph of “Crazy Rich Asians” should also teach Hollywood that there’s a world out there, and it doesn’t all look like the executives.

Meantime, crappy pictures like “Happytime Murders” and “Papillon” are DOA.



Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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