The romantic comedy was a breakout success in the United States for Warner Bros., but it flopped at the Chinese box office, taking in less than $1.2 million in its opening weekend, according to industry tracker Ent Group.
The dismal Chinese debut for “Crazy Rich Asians” is a disappointment for the makers of the film, who had been hoping the romantic comedy would be a hit in the world’s second largest movie market. But analysts were doubtful that the film’s depiction of high-rolling members of the Chinese diaspora in Singapore would resonate with audiences in mainland China.
“Comedies are tricky films to handle in foreign markets, including China, because their appeal can be nuanced,” said Rance Pow, CEO of Shanghai-based cinema consulting firm Artisan Gateway.
It was so late to mainland China that Warner Bros. had already released it on DVD and streaming platforms in other countries. That meant tech savvy Chinese movie fans could potentially find ways to watch the movie online, giving them even less of an incentive to watch it on the big screen.
Based on the novel of the same name by Kevin Kwan, “Crazy Rich Asians” became a late summer hit in the United States and has since been released in dozens of countries, from Australia to Venezuela. It has made $238 million worldwide so far.
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