‘Shang-Chi’ Tops Fourth Consecutive Weekend Box Office

Disney/Marvel’s superhero actioner Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is projected to win its fourth consecutive North American weekend box office Sept. 26 with $13.3 million, bringing its domestic tally to $196.5 million — tops among all movies in 2021.

Shang-Chi bested Universal Pictures’ young adult release Dear Evan Hansen, which generated an underwhelming $7.3 million — well below the industry projected $10 million in ticket sales for the movie adaptation of the hit Broadway musical.

Subscribe HERE to the FREE Media Play News Daily Newsletter!

Previous North American box office polesitter, Marvel’s Black Widow, has generated $183 million at the domestic box office. A tally, critics contend, was undermined at launch by the movie’s concurrent availability on Disney+ for $29.99. Disney said it recorded 2 million Premier Access transactions through the movie’s opening weekend, generating $60 million in incremental revenue. PVOD sales now total a reported $125 million.

The latter tally is not sitting well with Black Widow star Scarlett Johansson, who filed a breach of contract lawsuit against Disney, alleging the movie’s Premier Access release strategy deprived her of contractual compensation from the theatrical release.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

5 × two =

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.