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Crazy Rich Asians earns $1.8m for its opening weekend

Hollywood icon Jane Fonda flew into Sydney to attend the premiere of her latest film on Sunday.

But despite her appearance, Book Club, which earned just over $1.27million, was unable to beat Crazy Rich Asians.

The movie, based on the novel by Kevin Kwan, made an impressive $1.8million at the box office for its opening weekend.  

Sorry Jane! Crazy Rich Asians earns $1.8m in Australian earnings for its opening weekend, beating Fonda's Book Club [pictured] by more than $500k

Sorry Jane! Crazy Rich Asians [left] earns $1.8m in Australian earnings for its opening weekend, beating Fonda’s Book Club [right] by more than $500k

Crazy Rich Asians sees a young Asian American woman Rachel Chu, played by Constance Wu, travel to Singapore to meet her partner Nick Young’s wealthy family.

Rachel finds herself at odds with Nick’s mother Eleanor, and is a target of rich socialite women, who disapprove of her lack of status.

This past weekend saw the film raking in $1.8million in Australian earnings, topping Jane Fonda’s Book Club which made just over $1.27million.

Plot: Crazy Rich Asians sees a young Asian American woman Rachel Chu, played by Constance Wu [right], travel to Singapore to meet her partner Nick Young's [left, played by Henry Golding] wealthy family 

Plot: Crazy Rich Asians sees a young Asian American woman Rachel Chu, played by Constance Wu [right], travel to Singapore to meet her partner Nick Young’s [left, played by Henry Golding] wealthy family 

Book Club, which also stars Diane Keaton, is based around four lifelong friends whose lives change when they read erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey.   

Meanwhile sci-fi film The Meg continues to dominate the box office, adding $2.11million in Australian earnings over the weekend.

The film has made $6.58million in Australian earnings to date.  

After escaping an attack by a 70-foot shark, Jonas Taylor, played by Jason Statham, must face his fears and save those trapped in a sunken vessel.   

Falling short: Meanwhile Book Club is based around four lifelong friends whose lives change when they read erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey. Pictured from left to right: Diane Keaton, Candice Bergen, Jane Fonda and Mary Steenburgen

Falling short: Meanwhile Book Club is based around four lifelong friends whose lives change when they read erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey. Pictured from left to right: Diane Keaton, Candice Bergen, Jane Fonda and Mary Steenburgen

Melbourne-born Ruby Rose also stars as scientist and engineer Jaxx Herd.

In an interview with Stack this month, the 32-year-old said that her role was one she could sink her teeth into.

‘She’s a strong character and a bit of an outcast, and I appreciated her passion for the ocean,’ Ruby told the publication.   

The former MTV Australia presenter, who is known for her intricate arm tattoos, also shared that she ‘changed’ them up for her character.

‘I decided Jaxx would have tattoos, but they would be deeply rooted in her obsession with the ocean. I had tattoos made of an octopus, whale and shark. It brought her whole look and feeling together,’ she said. 

Hit: Sci-fi film The Meg continues to dominate the box office, adding $2.11million in Australian earnings over the weekend. Pictured is star of the film, Ruby Rose, 32

Hit: Sci-fi film The Meg continues to dominate the box office, adding $2.11million in Australian earnings over the weekend. Pictured is star of the film, Ruby Rose, 32

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