Warner Bros.' Crazy Rich Asians is dominating the Labor Day box-office picnic, earning an estimated $22.2 million for the three-day weekend for a near-record four-day holiday gross of $27 million-plus.
To boot, the Jon M. Chu-directed rom-com is dancing past the $100 million mark in its third weekend as it targets the best domestic gross for a comedy in at least two years. It also boasts the top Labor Day showing in more than a decade. In 2007, Halloween opened to $30.6 million over the long weekend, while The Sixth Sense (1999) is the No. 2 Labor Day pic with $29.3 million, not adjusted for inflation.
The weekend isn't over and Crazy Rich Asians could come in ahead of Sunday estimates.
The summer box office made a spectacular year-over-year recovery. While final numbers won't be tallied until Tuesday, comScore is predicting an uptick of at least 14 percent. Domestic revenue for the May 4-Sept. 3 corridor is expected to come in at $4.39 billion, the fifth-best of all time. And it would almost be a record summer if including the first week of Avengers: Infinity War, which unfurled on April 27.
Crazy Rich Asians fell a scant 11 percent for the weekend proper.
Warners also took the No. 2 spot with The Meg, now in its fourth weekend. The hit shark pic earned another $10.5 million for the three days for a projected four-day gross of $12 million, and domestic total of $122 million through Monday.
Paramount and Tom Cruise's Mission: Impossible — Fallout, which also contributed to a strong August, is staying high up on the chart in its sixth weekend, placing No. 4 with an estimated four-day gross of $8.8 million. The sixth installment also opened in China over the weekend (grosses weren't immediately available).
Among new Labor Day offerings, MGM's Nazi war-criminal drama Operation Finale is faring the best, earning $6 million for the three days and a projected $7.8 million for the four days. Playing in 1,818 theaters, the drama is expected to post a pleasing six-day debut of $10 million after opening Wednesday.
Operation Finale stars Oscar Isaac as a Mossad agent who tracks down Adolf Eichmann (Ben Kingsley), one of the infamous architects of the Holocaust. Chris Weitz (About a Boy) directed.
The new thriller Searching, about a Korean-American family living in the San Francisco Bay Area, is expanding nationwide into 1,207 theaters after opening in select cinemas last weekend to strong numbers.
Buoyed by support from Chu and other Crazy Rich Asian stars, including Henry Golding — as well as Asian-American groups — Searching is coming in ahead of expectations with a projected $5.8 million for the three days and $7.2 million for the four days from 1,207 theaters.
Searching, written and helmed by Asian-American filmmaker Aneesh Chaganty in his feature directorial debut, tells the story of a 16-year-old girl who goes missing and her father's effort to find her. John Cho, Michelle La, Debra Messing, Sara Sohn, Joseph Lee and Ranc Sarabia star.
Lionsgate's sci-fi action pic Kin, whose ensemble cast includes James Franco, isn't looking so lucky, earning just $3 million for the three days and an estimated $3.7 million for the long weekend from 2,141 theaters. Franco stars opposite Jack Reynor, Miles Truitt, Zoe Kravitz, Dennis Quaid and Carrie Coon and Dennis Quaid.
Directed by Jonathan and Josh Baker, Kin is about a young boy and his newly paroled adopted brother who find a strange weapon and are pursued by a vengeful gang of otherworldly soldier.
Opening in far fewer theater this weekend is Lionsgate/Pantelion Films' Spanish-language film Ya Veremos, which is the year's top-grossing film in Mexico to date. The film earned an estimated $1.8 million for the three days, putting its four-day opening at a projected $2.3 million.
Ya Veremos received an A CinemaScore, followed by an A- for Operation Finale and a B+ for Kin.
More to come.