Believe it or not but Crazy Rich Asians has officially replaced Maid in Manhattan as being the film with the biggest opening weekend for a foreign romantic-comedy movie in the Philippines.

Official figures disclosed that the movie has remarkably grossed over P82.7 million; five days since it premiered in Philippine cinemas last August 22. An update further said seven day total has reached ₱110M.

Meanwhile, Kris Aquino, the country’s Queen Of All Media who played the role of a princess in the film —  expressed her gratitude via a long post on Instagram; saying:

“My soul baring truths:
1. When @crazyrichasians became the #1 movie in the US, that Monday night (August 20) after reading it earned $35.5M in the 5 days since Aug 15, i was so stressed & anxious that my BP was at hypertensive crisis level. There was FEAR that if it did poorly here, i’d be the logical punching bag & laughingstock.
2. I firmly decided to shut up about @crazyrichasians… as previously stated, the movie shouldn’t become a referendum on the moviegoers’ feelings about me and/or my family. It wouldn’t be right to see what was so instrumental in helping me regain MY SELF WORTH suffer because of association w/ me. PRAYERS & SILENCE were my best options.

3. Then like a dream friends started sending me pictures & videos of all seats taken cinemas, i read in messages the spontaneous cheers when Princess Intan walked in.

4. i reached out to Ms. Sionee Lagman, the marketing director of @wbpictures  on Saturday to ask how the movie was doing?

5. i received this at 2:44 PM Monday: Sharing with you CRA’srecord breaking opening weekend box-office results as promised: CRA Op We box-office – P82.7M: Biggest Op We for a WB FIlm for 2018; Biggest All Time Op We for a Foreign/English RomCom. Congratulations. She updated me just now- 7 day total is ₱110M. 

6. Just THANK YOU, not because of illusions about my contribution-but because my cameo appearance in a historically significant, phenomenally successful #1 Hollywood movie championing INCLUSIVITY for all Asians elevated Filipinos- 1 of us was chosen to be the only ROYAL in the fantasy world of CRAZY RICH ASIANS. 7. After portraying an orphaned girl pushing a “kariton” in her 1st movie 28 years ago, capping that roller coaster ride of hits & misses to portray a Princess resplendent in her real life family’s & democracy’s symbolic yellow- this girl was given her version of not just THE END but the magical HAPPILY EVER AFTER. 8. To all the Rachels, never allow the Eleanors to bully you. BE BRAVE because of your intelligence, personal achievements & your courage to LOVE.

On Instagram, the author Kevin Kwan thanked Filipinos for their amazing support even before his novel was turned into a film.
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“Thank you, Philippines, for making #CrazyRichAsians the No.1 MOVIE IN THE COUNTRY, making it WB’s BIGGEST OPENING WEEKEND OF 2018 and the BIGGEST OPENING WEEKEND for an English Rom-Com OF ALL TIME!” he proudly wrote.

“Thank you for supporting my books from the very beginning! Mahal ko kayo! #superfans #gratitude,” he added.

In another post on IG, Kris said:

“This feeling of SOLIDARITY for the sake of our NATIONAL IDENTITY will forever inspire me to strive harder to promote & protect our values, dignity, and grace as a people…walking into the light, with sunbeams filtering in, I embraced the blessing because for that moment- I WAS YOU, and YOU WERE ME.”

Image via Kris Aquino's Instagram account

Image via Kris Aquino’s Instagram account

Meanwhile, here’s Kris’ video post on Instagram:

My soul baring truths: 1. When @crazyrichasians became the #1 movie in the 🇺🇸, that Monday night (August 20) after reading it earned $35.5M in the 5 days since Aug 15, i was so stressed & anxious that my BP was at hypertensive crisis level. There was FEAR that if it did poorly here, i’d be the logical punching bag & laughingstock. 2. I firmly decided to shut up about @crazyrichasians… as previously stated, the movie shouldn’t become a referendum on the moviegoers’ feelings about me and/or my family. It wouldn’t be right to see what was so instrumental in helping me regain MY SELF WORTH suffer because of association w/ me. PRAYERS & SILENCE were my best options. 3. Then like a dream friends started sending me pictures & videos of all seats taken cinemas, i read in messages the spontaneous cheers when Princess Intan walked in. 4. i reached out to Ms. Sionee Lagman, the marketing director of @wbpictures 🇵🇭 on Saturday to ask how the movie was doing? 5. i received this at 2:44 PM Monday: Sharing with you CRA’s 🇵🇭record breaking opening weekend box-office results as promised: CRA Op We box-office – P82.7M: Biggest Op We for a WB FIlm for 2018; Biggest All Time Op We for a Foreign/English RomCom. Congratulations. She updated me just now- 7 day total is ₱110M.❤️ 6. Just THANK YOU, not because of illusions about my contribution-but because my cameo appearance in a historically significant, phenomenally successful #1 Hollywood movie championing INCLUSIVITY for all Asians elevated Filipinos- 1 of us was chosen to be the only ROYAL in the fantasy world of CRAZY RICH ASIANS. 7. After portraying an orphaned girl pushing a “kariton” in her 1st movie 28 years ago, capping that roller coaster ride of hits & misses to portray a Princess resplendent in her real life family’s & democracy’s symbolic yellow- this girl was given her version of not just THE END but the magical HAPPILY EVER AFTER. 8. To all the Rachels, never allow the Eleanors to bully you. BE BRAVE because of your intelligence, personal achievements & your courage to LOVE.💛

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Meanwhile, here’s the trailer:

Sources :

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