September 6, 2021
Disney’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings topped expectations, generating an estimated $90 million across 4,300 North American screens over the four-day Labor Weekend ended Sept. 6. The first Asian-American led Marvel Cinematic Universe superhero release added another $56.2 million internationally, to bring its global total around $136 million. Shang-Chi has not yet been released in China or Southeast Asia.
The movie’s $75.5 million three-day total through Sept. 5 ranked as the second-highest in the pandemic era behind Disney/Marvel’s Black Widow, which generated $80 million in its opening weekend through July 11. Shang-Chi also edged Universal Pictures’ F9: The Fast Saga, which realized more than $70 million in its June 27 domestic opening weekend box office.
Unlike Shang-Chi, Black Widow debuted concurrently with a $29.99 Premier Access add-on option for Disney+ subscribers.
Shang-Chi shattered the previous Labor Day box office record, set in 2007 with director Rob Zombie’s Halloween, which generated more than $30.5 million in ticket sales.
Meanwhile, Disney’s Jungle Cruise topped the $100 million box office threshold after selling another $5.2 million in tickets, despite also being available concurrently as a Disney+ add-on. Disney-owned 20th Century Studios’ Free Guy, starring Ryan Reynolds, is also approaching the century mark in domestic ticket sales, adding an estimated $11.2 million. It is not yet available on Disney+.
Universal Pictures’ horror sequel Candyman finished runner-up to Shang-Chi with $13.4 million, bringing its total two-week box office to nearly $42 million. Paramount Pictures’ Paw Patrol: The Movie added $5.2 million, to bring its three-week total to $31.5 million.