Is there a more charmed movie in theaters right now than Crazy Rich Asians? The groundbreaking rom-com, directed by Jon M. Chu, has introduced moviegoers to marquee-worthy newbies like Henry Golding (a charismatic, square-jawed blessing)—and earned a robust $26 million in its opening weekend. Now, the rom-com is proving just how badly audiences have been craving films of its ilk by picking up another $25 million in its second week at the box office. Thats only a 6 percent drop in sales from the films first weekend to the second—which is fairly unprecedented; most releases, as the New York Times notes, drop somewhere between 30 and 60 percent in that time frame.
“Wow… Just wow,” Golding tweeted in response to the news. “Thankyou to all who keep turning up and telling their friends they have to go watch our little movie. This is so strong .”
Crazy Rich Asians is also the top-grossing comedy of the year so far, with its worldwide gross rolling in around $83 million. It beat out the stealthily successful Game Night, which starred Rachel McAdams and Jason Bateman. And Crazy Rich Asians has plenty of room to grow, too: the blockbuster has only picked up about $7.1 million overseas so far, prior to opening wide around the world.
The film does not yet have a set release date set in China, the globes second biggest moviegoing market. Its facing a few obstacles there, including Chinas limiting foreign film quota—but the films producers remain hopeful.
“Were all praying to the China gods right now," producer John Penotti previously told the Hollywood Reporter. “From my colleagues in Beijing, it looks like we're in strong consideration.”
Regardless, Crazy Rich Asians has performed well enough that Warner Bros. is moving forward with a sequel, China Rich Girlfriend. The studio plans to bring back Chu to direct, the first films producers to produce, and the same actors to act—after theyve negotiated crazy rich sequel deals, of course. The second movie will be an adaptation of Kevin Kwans eponymous Crazy Rich Asians follow-up novel, revolving around the same opulent crew as they branch out from Singapore and into the even crazier, old-moneyed wonderland of mainland China.
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The pivotal West Hollywood nightclub, which regularly hosted artists like Dorothy Dandridge and Eartha Kitt, served as the debut spot for two singular performers: Frank Sinatra, who was making his Los Angeles debut as a solo act, and Ella Fitzgerald, who only got a slot thanks to a bit of lobbying from Marilyn Monroe. “She personally called the owner of the Mocambo and told him she wanted me booked immediately, and if he would do it, she would take a front table every night,” Fitzgerald once said. “The owner said yes, and Marilyn was there, front table, every night. The press went overboard. After that, I never had to play a small jazz club again.”Photo: From left, by J. R. Eyerman, by Ralph Crane, both from The LIFE Images Collection; By William Gottlieb/Redferns.
The Brown Derby
Clark Gable proposed to Carole Lombard at the Vine St. location of this much-loved restaurant chain. The spot was also home to quite a few scenes in I Love Lucy, most notably the one in which Lucille Ball stares agog at William Holden, whos just trying to order a Cobb salad (so named after Brown Derby co-owner Robert Cobb) in peace.Photo: From Bettmann.
The Chateau Marmont
Built in 1929, the gothic hotel nestled away on Sunset Boulevard has always been a bit more on the rock-and-roll side, thanks to its protective, camera-free atmosphere (well, before smartphones, anyway). Its the sort of place where James Dean could leap out of a window during an audition for Rebel Without a Cause, or where Harry Cohn, then the president of Columbia Pictures, warned rising stars William Holden and Glenn Ford, “If you must get into trouble, do it at the Chateau Marmont.” But sometimes the trouble turns tragic, as in 1982, when comedian John Belushi died of a speedball injection while staying in Bungalow 3.Photo: By Robert Landau/Alamy.
Lena Horne, Nat King Cole, and Barbra Streisand were frequent performers at this Wilshire Boulevard nightclub, which was part of the Ambassador Hotel. It was also the site of numerous Academy Award ceremonies in the 1930s and 40s. But, like many Old Hollywood establishments, the club also had a racist policy that strictly forbade black guests. When Gone with the Wind was up for numerous Oscars in 1940, film producer David O. Selznick had to call in a special favor to assure actress Hattie McDaniel could attend and accept her best-supporting-actress statuette. “I shall always hold [this award] as a beacon for anything I may be able to do in the future,” she said in her gracious speech.Photo: Clockwise from left, by Ralph Crane/The LIFE Picture Collection, from the Hulton-Deutsch Collection/Corbis, from Express, all from Getty Images.
George Cukors house
The legendary director, who gave us My Fair Lady and The Philadelphia Story, among other classics, was also known about town for having fabulous parties at his Hollywood Hills home, bringing together a variety of famous cinematic and literary figures, from Greta Garbo to Noel Coward. Cukor, who was gay, also created a safe haven for the industrys closeted community, often by throwing private Sunday afternoon pool parties.Photo: Left, from Haynes Archive/Popperfoto; right, by Fred R. Dapprich/Conde Nast, both from Getty Images.
The Millennium Biltmore Hotel
The glamorous hotel, founded in 1923, quickly made a mark on Hollywood by hosting the very first Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences meeting. Per legend, production designer Cedric Gibbons even sketched out the first design for the Oscar statuette on a Biltmore restaurant napkin. It was the natural next step, then, for the hotel to host a few Oscar ceremonies, housing guests like Walt Disney and Bette Davis in its lavish ballroom.Photo: By Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images.
Conveniently located next to the-then Samuel Goldwyn studio, stars like Humphrey Bogart and James Dean would pop into this narrow, neon West Hollywood spot for food and drinks. On any given day, patrons might have seen Lana Turner dancing past the old, red leather booths, or Elvis Presley nursing a late-night beer. “I always thought this is exactly what Hollywood should look like,” John Watersonce said of the joint, which has since closed—but is reportedly on the verge of reopening.Photo: By Jim Steinfeldt/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images.PreviousNext
Yohana DestaYohana Desta is a Hollywood writer for VanityFair.com.
Meghan Markle marches to the beat of her own drum, and at this year's US Presidential election, the Duchess of Sussex is set to make history when she casts her vote for US president in November. Meghan recently joined Michelle Obama, Gabrielle Union, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Hillary Clinton, and 95 other powerful women in speaking to Marie Claire about their plans to vote in the upcoming election.
"I know what it's like to have a voice, and also what it's like to feel voiceless," the 39-year-old said. "I also know that so many men and women have put their lives on the line for us to be heard. And that opportunity, that fundamental right, is in our ability to exercise our right to vote and to make all of our voices heard."
"I know what it's like to have a voice, and also what it's like to feel voiceless."
Meghan then referenced a quote from Kate Sheppard to explain why she's voting, adding, "One of my favorite quotes, and one that my husband and I have..