‘Shang-Chi’ Tops Redbox Disc Rentals; ‘Copshop’ Tops Digital List

Disney-owned Marvel Studios’ Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings took over the top spot on the Redbox disc rental chart the week ended Dec. 12.

The superhero actioner was released on disc Nov. 30 but didn’t become available at Redbox kiosks until Dec. 7. It is the top-grossing domestic film of the year with $224.5 million at the box office.

Shang-Chi landed at No. 4 on the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital VOD and sellthrough transactions.

The top digital title was Universal Pictures’ Copshop, a thriller about a con man who hides out from a hitman by getting himself locked up in a small-town jail. It was the No. 3 disc rental.

The No. 2 disc rental was Warner’s Cry Macho, directed by and starring Clint Eastwood as an aging former rodeo star and washed-up horse breeder in 1979 who takes a job from an ex-boss (Dwight Yoakam) to bring the man’s young son home from Mexico. 

The previous week’s top disc rental, Disney’s Jungle Cruise, slipped to No. 4 on the Redbox disc rental chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at Redbox’s more than 40,000 red kiosks, and No. 8 on the digital chart.

Disney-owned 20th Century Studios’ Free Guy dropped to No. 5 on the disc rental chart but rose a spot to No. 2 on the Redbox On Demand chart.

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Rounding out the top digital titles were some Christmas favorites. Universal’s 2000 live-action How the Grinch Stole Christmas was No. 3, the same studio’s 2018 animated The Grinch was No. 5, and Warner’s Elf was No. 10.

Sony Pictures’ comic book adaptation Venom: Let There Be Carnage slipped to No. 6 on the digital chart after topping the list the previous week.

The No. 10 disc rental was a Redbox exclusive called The Last Son, a Western about a man who hunts down his own children because he believes one of them is prophesized to kill him.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended Dec. 12:

  1. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings — Disney/Marvel
  2. Cry Macho — Warner
  3. Copshop — Universal
  4. Jungle Cruise — Disney
  5. Free Guy — Disney/20th Century
  6. Candyman (2021) — Universal
  7. Stillwater — Universal
  8. Old — Universal
  9. Malignant — Warner
  10. The Last Son — Redbox

 

Top Digital (VOD + Sellthrough), Redbox On Demand, Week Ended Dec. 12:

  1. Copshop — Universal
  2. Free Guy — Disney/20th Century
  3. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) — Universal
  4. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings — Disney/Marvel
  5. The Grinch — Universal
  6. Venom: Let There Be Carnage — Sony Pictures
  7. Old — Universal
  8. Jungle Cruise — Disney
  9. Candyman (2021) — Universal
  10. Elf — Warner

 

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‘Shang-Chi’ Looking for Third Weekend Box Office ‘Ring’

Disney/Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings has dominated the weekly box office slugfest its first two theatrical weekends, rejuvenating exhibitor confidence and quieting Wall Street naysayers despite a still-surging Delta variant.

That trend is likely to continue through Sept. 19 as Shang-Chi again is projected to best the competition at least until the Oct. 1 debut of Sony Pictures’  Venom: Let There Be Carnage. Unlike other Marvel releases that have seen ticket sales fall significantly after their opening box office weekend, Shang-Chi continues to resonate with moviegoers.

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In addition to setting an all-time Labor Day box office record with $75.4 million over three days ($94.6 million over four days), Shang-Chi holds the best second-weekend revenue tally ($34.5 million) of any movie released during the pandemic. Topping Paramount Pictures sequel A Quiet Place Part II’s third-weekend tally of $12 million is well within its grasp.

Shang-Chi‘s primary original contenders include Warner Bros. Pictures’ Cry Macho, starring and directed by 91-year-old Clint Eastwood; and Open Road Film’s Gerald Butler actioner Copshop. Eastwood scored at hit ($17.5 million) in his last movie playing a senior citizen drug courier in The Mule. But social media buzz surrounding Macho is suggesting an opening box office tally more in line with 2019 release Richard Jewell ($4.7 million).

More importantly, Macho is streaming concurrently for free on HBO Max, a hybrid release strategy many observers feel torpedoed Warner’s previous box office release, Malignant, and is projected to generate less than $10 million domestically after two weekends.

Among returning movies, 20th Century Studios’ action comedy Free Guy and Universal Pictures sequel Candyman look to sustain strong box office runs with $4.3 million and $3.3 million in projected domestic ticket sales.