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.