Shang-Chi stars Simu Liu in the title role, who must face the past he thought he left behind and confront his father, Xu Wenwu (Tony Leung), leader of the dangerous Ten Rings organization. The film also stars Awkwafina, Meng’er Zhang, Fala Chen, Florian Munteanu and Michelle Yeoh.
The film has earned more than $366 million at the worldwide box office, and is the top-grossing film domestically during the pandemic with $200 million.
The Shang-Chi home video editions will include an audio commentary from director Destin Daniel Cretton and c0-writer Dave Callaham; 11 deleted scenes; a gag reel; and two featurettes — “Building a Legacy,” about the making of the film, and “Family Ties,” about the history of the film’s characters.
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.
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.
The Disney/Marvel Cinematic Universe release Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings has surpassed Marvel Studios’ Black Widow as the top-grossing domestic movie with three months left in the 2021 box office.
Shang-Chi, starring Chinese-born Simu Liu, generated $3.59 million across 3,952 theaters Friday night (Sept. 24) to reach $186.7 million. That figure tops the previous polesitter, Marvel’s Black Widow, with $183.4 million. Shang-Chi is expected to dominate the domestic box office for the fourth consecutive weekend.
Widow, starring Scarlett Johansson, still leads the global box office with $378.3 million, compared to $330.8 million for Shang-Chi.
Both titles, along with other major Hollywood releases, have not yet been released in China, the world’s No. 2 box office market. While no official reason has been given, reports suggest that with the 100th anniversary of the ruling Communist Party occurring this summer, the Chinese government is reluctant to showcase Western movies.
Despite Shang-Chi featuring a largely Asian cast, including Liu, the actor emigrated to Canada with his parents at the age of five — a move, media reports suggest, was largely due to his parents’ opposition to communism.
Regardless, the success of the two movies heralds back to Disney’s triumphant pre-pandemic 2019 box office, when it tallied more than $11 billion in global ticket sales — largely on the back of Marvel superhero movies, and the Chinese box office.
The Disney/Marvel Cinematic Universe release Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings looks set to win at its fourth consecutive domestic weekend box office appearance — a probable achievement not seen by a Marvel title since Black Panther in 2018.
The final U.S. box office weekend of September — reportedly projected to generate less than $40 million — concludes a quiet month ahead of the Oct. 1 release of Sony Pictures’ first major theatrical bow in the pandemic, Venom:Let There Be Carnage, the sequel to 2018’s Venom, which generated more than $850 million at the global box. Let There Be Carnage again stars Tom Hardy as superhero Venom and his alter ego, Eddie Brock. In the film, Brock tries to reignite his career as a journalist by interviewing a vicious serial killer, Cletus Kasady, played by Woody Harrelson, who becomes the host of Carnage, the alien spawn of Venom.
Shang-Chi’s primary new release competition through Sept. 26 is Universal Pictures’ young adult release Dear Evan Hansen — a movie adaptation of the 2016 Broadway musical of the same name that won six Tony Awards, including Best Musical.
Actor Ben Platt reprises his Broadway role as a high school senior with social anxiety disorder who gets caught up in a fellow classmate’s suicide. Cast headliners include Julianne Moore and Amy Adams. The movie is projected to generate less than $10 million in ticket sales (Sept. 24-26) compared with Shang-Chi’s $13.8 million. The film stirred up controversy in the weeks leading up to its release for, among other things, having a 27-year-old Ben Platt portray a high schooler.
The weekend’s other theatrical newcomer is Disney-owned Searchlight Pictures’ The Eyes of Tammy Faye, starring Jessica Chastain.
Theatrical returnees include the 20th Century Studios action comedy Free Guy; the Universal Pictures horror sequel Candyman; Warner Bros. Pictures’ Cry Macho, directed and starring 91-year-old Clint Eastwood; Disney’s Jungle Cruise; Paramount Pictures’ Paw Patrol: The Movie; and Open Road Film’s Copshop.
All, except Copshop, are available digitally, with Cry Macho and Malignant streaming free to HBO Max subscribers.
The Disney/Marvel Cinematic Universe release Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings again led all movies at the domestic box office, generating an estimated $21.7 million in ticket sales through Sept. 19. The tally is expected to push the movie past Disney/Marvel’s Black Widow ($183.2 million) as the top-grossing domestic movie in the pandemic era.
While Shang-Chi performed as expected, the title received a setback of sorts when the Chinese government did not include it in its list of approved theatrical releases — as it did for MGM’s latest James Bond actioner No Time to Die (Oct. 29) and Warner Bros. Pictures’ Dune (Oct. 22). As usual, politics is playing a role as both the lead star and director of Shang-Chi are Chinese ex-patriots.
Meanwhile, 91-year-old director/actor Clint Eastwood’s drama Cry Macho did not replicate the icon’s previous effort, The Mule, generating $4.5 million across 3,967 screens — to finish third behind 20th Century Studios’ Free Guy with around $5 million ($108.3 million).
The other new release, Open Road’s Copshop, starring Gerard Butler, generated $2.2 million across more than 3,000 screens to finish outside the Top 5.
The Universal Pictures horror sequel Candyman tallied $3.5 million ($53 million) for fourth place, while Warner’s horror film Malignant saw $2.6 million in ticket sales ($9.7 million). The movie is streaming for free to HBO Max subscribers for 31 days.
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.
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.
Disney/Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings continued its reign at the domestic weekend box office, generating a projected $35.8 million in revenue through Sept. 12. The Asian-American-led actioner has tallied $145 million at North American screens ($257.6 million globally).
Runner-up: Disney-owned 20th Century Studios release Free Guy, starring Ryan Reynolds, which generated $5.8 million across 3,650 screens in its fifth week of release. The action comedy has now topped $100 million at the domestic box office.
The final podium spot went to Warner Bros. Pictures’ new release Malignant, which generated $5.57 million across 3,485 screens. The disappointing box office likely undermined by the movie’s concurrent availability to HBO Max subscribers.
Universal Pictures’ horror film Candyman generated $4.8 million ($48 million total) in its third weekend, followed by Disney’s Jungle Cruise with $2.1 million ($109.7 million) after seven weeks of release.
Disney/Marvel Cinematic Universe release Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is expected to maintain its grip on the domestic/global box office following a record Labor Day debut.
The Asian-American-led superhero movie is projected to generate $40 million over the three-day weekend ending Sept. 12, almost 50% off its record debut $75.4 million three-day ($94.7 million four-day) tally last weekend. The movie is projected to surpass $148 million at (4,300) U.S. theaters.
Notably, Shang-Chi has no China release date, a significant loss considering Marvel movies typically generate 10% to 20% of their global box office in the world’s most-populous country.
New releases include Warner Bros. Pictures Malignant, which is expected to generate $6.5 million across 3,800 screens. The movie will also stream concurrently on HBO Max. Sony Pictures’ Show Me the Father ($2.3 million at 1,073 screens) and Focus Features’ The Card Counter ($1.1 million across 580 screens) also arrive in theaters.
Returning features include 20th Century Studios’ Free Guy at $5.5 million across 3,600 screens ($101.5 million total domestically); Universal Pictures’ Candyman at $5.3 million across 3,279 screens ($48.4 million); Disney’s Jungle Cruise ($2.6 million/$110 million); Paramount Pictures’ Paw Patrol: The Movie ($2.3 million/$34.6 million); Sony Pictures’ Don’t Breathe 2 ($1.2 million/$30.2 million); and United Artists’ Respect ($770,000/$23.4 million).
The fiscal largess from Disney’s $90 million Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings opening weekend box office continues to spread throughout the Hollywood food chain.
World’s largest exhibitor AMC Theatres Sept. 7 announced a new Labor Day admissions-revenue record, eclipsing the previous admissions record set during Labor Day weekend in 2013. In addition to the revenue record, the Labor Day weekend marks the first time since the beginning of COVID that attendance during a weekend in 2021 exceeded the same weekend in pre-pandemic 2019.
More than 2 million people watched movies at AMC’s domestic screens Sept. 2-5. More than 800,000 additional moviegoers visited AMC’s international theaters in Europe and the Middle East.
Shang-Chi opened to a reported $90 million for its domestic opening weekend Sept. 3-6. This is approximately triple the previous Labor Day opening weekend record of $30.6 million set by Rob Zombie’s Halloween in 2007.
“For two overarching reasons, this Labor Day weekend in the United States has been an important milestone for AMC as we steadily work to generate a recovery for our business,” CEO Adam Aron said in a statement. “This is the very first weekend that our attendance numbers were ahead of those of the same weekend pre-pandemic, since we closed our theaters in March of 2020.”
Aron added he was glad Disney opted for a theatrical window versus the hybrid Premier Access/box office distribution model employed for Jungle Cruise and Black Widow. Critics contend Disney undermined the Black Widow box office by concurrently releasing the Marvel movie on PVOD. The film’s star, Scarlett Johansson, is suing Disney alleging the hybrid release strategy undermined her potential financial compensation — reportedly as high as $100 million.
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.