SINGAPORE – Crazy Rich Asians may not be the first Hollywood movie to receive the backing of the authorities here, but it is the most successful “made-with-Singapore” movie to date. The red carpet premiere of the movie in Singapore takes place on Tuesday night (Aug 21) but it had already proved to be a blockbuster in the US where it opened a week earlier. Last weekend, the film beat blockbuster shark movie The Meg to reach No. 1 at the American box office with a strong US$35 million opening over five days. The tally put it in the company of other big-budget films like Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, which made US$34.3 million over four days during its opening week. The movie features Singapore prominently both on screen and off, in part because the Singapore Film Commission (SFC) and the Singapore Tourism Board threw their weight behind it. The SFC, for one thing, provided Crazy Rich Asians with a Production Assistance grant, which “provides funding for productions that highlight Singapore talents in credited roles, and infuse data and/or digital technologies into content for distribution on new and/or digital platforms”. The SFC also facilitated the filming in Singapore locations such as Gardens By The… Read full this story
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