Crazy Rich Asians, with its majority-Asian cast, was both a critical and commercial success in the U.S. upon its release over the summer. But its reception in mainland China — it debuted on Friday — has been decidedly muted, as it brought home a meager $1.2 million over the weekend. (For comparison, Marvel’s Venom earned $102 million in its opening weekend in China last month.)
The film’s poor box office isn’t all that surprising, all things considered — something I wrote in October after it was announced this rom-com would get a mainland release. But what did the people who actually saw it think?