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‘Crazy Rich Asians’ shines, takes top spot at box office

It was a strong opening for Warner Brothers’ ‘Crazy Rich Asians’, earning an estimated of $25.2 million on its debut and $34 million on its five-day opening, taking the top spot at the weekend’s box office.

A big moment for romantic comedies because this was the first time a rom-com has topped the box office—since 2014.

The film which stars Constance Wu (Rachel) and Henry Golding (Nick) was based on the bestselling novel of the same name by Kevin Kwan; a story about a NYU professor who meets her boyfriend’s wealthy family in Singapore.

However, Nick’s mother Eleanor (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon star Michelle Yeoh) disapproves of Rachel, and sees her as too independent and American.

Aside from the powerful cast and beautifully innovated love story, moviegoers also look forward to the film’s soundtrack.

Just recently, Crazy Rich Asians director Jon M. Chu has shared the note he sent Coldplay requesting the licensing rights for their 2000 hit “Yellow.”

Initially, the band rejected Chu’s request but he didn’t give up, “If we’re going to be called yellow, we’re going to make it beautiful.”

He personally wrote a letter to Coldplay.

“[The word ‘yellow’] has always had a negative connotation in my life … until I heard your song,” he wrote.

“I remember seeing the music video in college for the first time on TRL,” Chu’s note continued. “That one shot with the sun rising was breathtaking for both my filmmaker and music-loving side. It immediately became an anthem for me and my friends and gave us a new sense of pride we never felt before.”

And, within 24 hours of sending it, Coldplay approved the director’s request to use “Yellow” in the film though Chu can’t say if his letter changed the band’s minds.

In Crazy Rich Asians, a Mandarin cover of the track is used, sang by University of Southern California freshman and The Voice Season 10 contestant Katherine Ho.

Fall in love and expect more cultural understanding in this movie.

‘Crazy Rich Asians’ opens on August 22 in the Philippines.