Box Office

Crazy Rich Asians is a $34 million box office success

So it can now safely be said that Crazy Rich Asians has defied expectations, soaring to the top of the box office this weekend with a $34 million domestic haul over five days and handily earning back its $30 million production budget. Estimates are projecting an eventual domestic take of more than $100 million.

‘Black Panther’s’ strong weekend box office makes it biggest-ever February release

The film pulled in $201.8 million domestically for Walt Disney Co. DIS, -0.52%  over the course of its three-day Friday to Sunday opening weekend. That makes “Black Panther” the highest-ever February release, beating out 2016’s “Deadpool,” and places it in fifth all time after another Marvel title “The Avengers,” Universal Pictures’s CMCSA, -0.80%  “Jurassic World,” and Disney’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson thanks Kiwi fans for making him 'tougher'

Johnson's Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle was released in New Zealand on Boxing Day 2017 and in its first six days knocked Star Wars off its perch at the top of the New Zealand box office.

Johnson posted a video to Instagram thanking his fans in New Zealand and Australia, where the film also topped the box office a week after its release.

"Thank you so, so much for the Jumanji love," he said in the clip.

Thor: God of the Box Office

The figure gives the third Thor movie the 29th highest second weekend of all time and the fifth best of 2017. It also took in nearly the combined total of the two new titles - Paramount's family comedy Daddy's Home 2, with US$30m from 3,575 sites and Fox's mystery Murder on the Orient Express with US$28.2m at 3,341 venues.

Low-key movie a $1m Pacific hit

And now its Kiwi-born Samoan director is working to get his first feature film to more audiences across the Pacific and the US.

Aucklander Stallone Vaiaoga-Ioasa is the brains behind hit movie Three Wise Cousins.

Box Office top 20: 'Compton' dominates, Efron movie Flops

The PG-rated film lost the top spot to "Straight Outta Compton," which is still playing in over 3,000 theaters, but flew past its modest $3.5 million budget on a relatively limited number of screens.

Other new releases didn't fare so well. Warner Bros.' electronic dance music drama movie "We Are Your Friends" bombed with only $1.8 million, making it one of the worst openings of all time for a film in wide release. Starring Zac Efron, "We Are Your Friends" cost a modest $6 million to produce, but Warner Bros. only spent $2 million to acquire it.

Ant-Man inches past Pixels to take first-place spot

The Disney and Marvel superhero pic brought in $24.8 million over the weekend, bringing its domestic total to $106.1 million according to Rentrak estimates Sunday.

"Pixels," meanwhile, just barely missed first place with a $24 million debut. While studios always hope for the bragging rights of a No. 1 debut, the real issue here is whether or not the Adam Sandler end of the world comedy will make up its $88 million production budget.