"The Jon M Chu film is the sixth highest-grossing rom com ever
Crazy Rich Asians has become the top-grossing romantic comedy in 10 years.
The Jon M Chu film already topped the US box office during its opening weekend earning $34 million and has broken an 11-year-old Labor Day Weekend record.
Crazy Rich Asians cost $30 million to make but has earned over $165 million at the box office in the US and Canada and $218 million worldwide.
Its box office figure puts the film ahead of rom-com leaders 2009’s The Proposal, starring Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds, and 2008’s Sex and the City.
The all-Asian cast movie is now the sixth highest-grossing rom com ever, behind 1998’s There’s Something About Mary in fifth place. The highest-grossing romantic comedy ever is My Big Fat Greek Wedding, wgucg earned $368 million globally in 2002.
“Here, we have a chance for this gigantic payday instantaneously,” Crazy Rich Asians author Kevin Kwan told the Hollywood Reporter. “But Jon and I both felt this sense of purpose. We needed this to be an old-fashioned cinematic experience, not for fans to sit in front of a TV and just press a button.”
In related news, there’s a chance that Crazy Rich Asians director Jon M Chu might not direct the film’s sequel.