Crazy Rich Asians: What a day in the life would really cost
Lifestyles of the rich and crazy
For the second straight weekend, Crazy Rich Asians is raking in the bucks at the box office and proving itself a veritable cultural force. The film is seeing returns in the millions, but is that enough to be "crazy rich?" EW goes inside the closets, garages, and bank accounts of the film's characters to figure out just how much it would cost to keep up with the Youngs. Click through to find out the sticker prices of some of the film's flashiest moments.
Royal Suite at the Savoy: $18,000/night
The film opens in the 1990s with Eleanor Young (Michelle Yeoh) attempting to claim her family's reservation for the swankiest luxury suite at the Calthorpe hotel in London. When met with a racist concierge, she proves just how rich they are by calling her husband, who immediately buys the hotel. The Calthorpe is an invention, but London's renowned Savoy hotel is a close proxy — a home away from home in Britain's capital city for the richest among us with a storied history. The Royal Suite is the best the Savoy has to offer, with a selection of rooms with views of the Thames, a 24-hour butler and entourage at your fingertips, and a chauffered Rolls Royce at your disposal. The current running price is 14,000 pounds per night, or nearly $18,000.
Two first-class airline tickets: $21,000
The first inkling Rachel (Constance Wu) gets that Nick's (Henry Golding) family is a bit more than "comfortable" is when she boards their one-way flight from New York City to Singapore and discovers he's booked them in first class. The pair of tickets would run Nick a cool $21,000 (and that doesn't include the return trip).
The Sarkies Suite at the Raffles Hotel: $7,500/night
Because Nick fears his mother's reaction to bringing Rachel to his family home, he and Rachel stay in the Sarkies Suite at the Raffles Hotel. His best friend's family owns the hotel, so he probably gets the room free of charge, but for those of us without connections, it would cost $7,500 a night.
Tyersall Park mansion: $200 million
The ornate mansion at Tyersall Park is, in truth, probably priceless to Nick and his family, who have owned the secluded property for generations. But if we had to put a sticker price on the house, it would run about $200 million based on current real estate prices in Singapore.
Private helicopters: $36 million
When Bernard (Jimmy O. Yang) takes Nick, Colin (Chris Pang), and an assortment of others into international waters for Colin's bachelor party, he spares no expense in getting them there on a squadron of helicopters. Author Kevin Kwan outlined the helicopters specifically used in the sequence and their price for Bloomberg. The party takes a squadron of $8 million AS365 N3 Dauphin choppers — we've made it a round four for the sake of our total — and when Nick and Colin make their getaway, they escape in a $4 million Eurocopter EC135. (Note: While it stands to reason the guys might have rented the choppers for the weekend, being crazy-rich means buying things you don't need on a whim, so we're going with actual sticker price here.)
Getaway to a private island in Indonesia: $3,000/person
Araminta's (Sonoya Mizuno) bachelorette party is equally extravagant, taking Rachel and a cadre of other women to a spa getaway on a private Indonesian island. This would cost approximately $3,000 per person, and with about 10 girls total, that's $30,000 just for a bachelorette party.
Burmese pearl drop earrings: $1.2 million
Running parallel to Rachel and Nick's story is that of Astrid (Gemma Chan) and her marital strife. Astrid enjoys the finer things in life, purchasing jewelry and couture as an act of defiance and, ultimately, independence. The symbolic Burmese pearl earrings she buys early in the film cost her $1.2 million.
Michael's watch: $96,900
Astrid is also generous to a fault, showering her husband, Michael (Pierre Png), with expensive gifts, including a Rolex Rainbow Daytona watch (according to author Kevin Kwan) in honor of the success of his new company. That fancy wristwear would cost Astrid $96,900.
Rachel's blue Marchesa gown: $1,095
"Bawk-bawk, bitch!" Rachel calls Eleanor's bluff by showing up to the wedding looking stunning and regal in a light-blue Marchesa gown (after a winning make-over montage featuring numerous designer looks) courtesy of Peik Lin's (Awkwafina) bank account. Based on similar looks and styles from Marchesa, the dress would run about $1,095.
Colin and Araminta's wedding: $40 million
Luckily we don't have to sit here and price this one out — the characters tell us that the jaw-dropping wedding of Colin Khoo and Araminta Lee costs $40 million. Which makes sense given that the wedding includes Araminta's custom gown, heaps of live musicians, an actual river down the aisle, fireworks, and more.
Peik Lin's 2018 R8 Audi Spyder: $175,000
Peik Lin likes to travel in style, but a nouveau riche style that tells the world she has a lot of money. Her flashy hot-pink Audi, which she uses to drive Rachel to Tyersall Park in, would cost $175,000.
Rachel's engagement ring: $7,100
The first engagement ring Nick buys for Rachel is a diamond stunner. We never know the exact karat count or jeweler responsible for the ring, but we know Nick would opt for something classy like Cartier. Trinity engagement rings of a similar design from Cartier run about $7,100.
Eleanor's emerald ring: $45,000
Though the symbolic significance of Eleanor Young's custom emerald engagement ring is priceless, we still need to know its approximate cost. Coincidentally, the ring is a true heirloom — a custom design that belongs to the personal collection of actress Michelle Yeoh. For an emerald that flawless, beautiful, and large, a custom ring would cost a minimum of $45,000.
So what would it cost to lead the life of a Crazy Rich Asian? Accounting for only one night in each of the expensive hotels we priced out, that all works out to a total of $277,601,595 — just for a week in the life.