After sitting atop the box-office for three consecutive weekends, and raking in over $100 million at the domestic box office and climbing, Jon M. Chu’s cinematic adaptation of Kevin Kwan’s bestseller, Crazy Rich Asians has blown away expectations and defied the odds to become one of the biggest box office stories of the year. It is officially the biggest romantic comedy domestically in almost a decade.
Crazy Rich Asians’ domestic total now sits at an estimated $117 million, according to The Hollywood Reporter. That’s good enough to push it past Amy Schumer’s Trainwreck, which made $110.2 million back in 2015. The romantic comedy genre has been a nonentity at the box office for some time, and to find a rom-com that has made more than Crazy Rich Asians domestically you have to go all the way back to The Proposal, starring Ryan Reynolds and Sandra Bullock. That 2009 film earned $164 million at the domestic box office.
Beyond just resurrecting the romantic comedy from the ashes at the box office, Crazy Rich Asians has also now passed Girl’s Trip, which made $115.2 million in 2017. That makes Crazy Rich Asians the most successful live-action comedy, independent of genre, at the box office in at least two years. Even though comedies haven’t performed like they used to of late, that is still very impressive, made more so by the fact that Crazy Rich Asians only cost $30 million to make.
Crazy Rich Asians is currently showing in cinemas nationwide