By Aric Jenkins
August 24, 2018

Crazy Rich Asians looks set to keep its hold on the top spot at the box office this weekend following an impressive $26 million opening.

The Warner Bros. rom-com—the first Hollywood studio film in 25 years with a cast entirely of Asian descent—has made an impressive $51 million domestically to date, according to industry site Box Office Mojo, and is on pace to surpass $60 million by the end of the weekend.

It will face competition from STX Entertainment’s Happytime Murders, a black comedy crime film starring Melissa McCarthy and Muppets-esque puppets. But analysts from Box Office Mojo and BoxOffice Pro, another trade publication, are expecting Crazy Rich Asians to maintain its grip at No. 1.

Over the three-day period from Friday to Sunday, BoxOffice Pro estimates Crazy Rich Asians will haul in an additional $17.5 million, putting its domestic gross total up to $69.5 million. The Happytime Murders, meanwhile, is expected to just fall short with $14 million in its opening weekend, with the shark thriller The Meg trailing behind with $12.7 million.

Crazy Rich Asians’ financial success has resulted in plans for Warner Bros. to move forward with a sequel, also helmed by the first film’s director, Jon M. Chu. It will be based on China Rich Girlfriend, author Kevin Kwan’s follow-up to his first novel, of which the Crazy Rich Asians movie was adapted from.

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