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$239 Million Rom-Com Hit Lands On Netflix's Top 10 Chart In The U.S.


  • Crazy Rich Asians
    is the No. 7 most-watched movie on Netflix in the U.S. for the week of June 10 through June 16.
  • The movie was the fourth highest-grossing romance movie of 2018 worldwide.
  • The movie’s Netflix success could help spur delayed production on the sequel
    China Rich Girlfriend

Crazy Rich Asians has become a Top 10 hit on Netflix in the United States. The 2018 movie is adapted from the novel of the same name by Kevin Kwan and follows Chinese-American professor Rachel Chu (Constance Wu), who attends a wedding in Singapore with her boyfriend Nick Young (Henry Golding), at which point she learns that his family is fabulously wealthy and that she must earn the respect of his stony mother Eleanor (Michelle Yeoh). The Crazy Rich Asians movie was a smash hit, earning $239 million against its $30 million budget.

Netflix has now calculated their Top 10 most-watched movies in the United States for the week of June 10 through June 16. Crazy Rich Asians landed at No. 7 on the chart, ahead of the animated titles Shrek and The Lego Movie as well as the new documentary Mysteries of the Terracotta Warriors. The movie has charted alongside major Netflix original hits including Hit Man, Under Paris, and How to Rob a Bank.

Can Netflix Success Help Make Crazy Rich Asians 2 Happen?

The China Rich Girlfriend Movie Has Been Delayed For Years

Although the Crazy Rich Asians ending offers something like closure for the growing relationship between Nick and Rachel, as well as that between Rachel and Eleanor, it is just the beginning of the story, as there are two more books left to adapt in the original Kevin Kwan trilogy. A sequel based on the second book, China Rich Girlfriend, was confirmed to be in development as of 2018, but has so far not come to fruition.

The delays in getting the sequel off the ground have not come from the reception of Crazy Rich Asians, which was the fourth highest-grossing romance movie of 2018 and currently holds a Certified Fresh 91% score on Rotten Tomatoes. External factors have largely been the cause of the delay, particularly a controversy that arose when it was revealed that returning screenwriter Adele Lim was being paid considerably less than her co-writer Peter Chiarelli. The global shutdowns due to the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 likely also contributed to this delay of more than half a decade.

The Top 5 Romance Movies of 2018


Worldwide Box Office

A Star is Born

$436.4 million

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

$395 million

Fifty Shades Freed

$371.9 million

Crazy Rich Asians

$239 million

Us and Them

$209.2 million

It was recently announced that a Crazy Rich Asians TV show spinoff was in development, which may also have become a priority for producers over China Rich Girlfriend. However, it remains to be seen if the original movie’s success on Netflix helps spur the production of the sequel in any way. If the movie continues to rise up the chart and spends several consecutive weeks in the Top 10, this could help prove that audiences are still engaged with the property.

Source: Netflix

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