‘SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS’ Has Monster First Weekend

On this Labor Day weekend, “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” absolutely killed it at the box office to the tune of $75.5 million, a new record for the four-day weekend. Add in the holiday itself and “Shang-Chi” had a $90 million domestic debut. Labor Day is generally not a major movie release weekend, so “Shang-Chi” easily broke previous records. Its worldwide total is currently sitting at $146.2 million after the four-day weekend. Bear in mind that “Shang-Chi” is a theatrically exclusive release unlike the previous MCU release, “Black Widow.” The success of “Shang-Chi” could also bode well for other tentpole releases that were in danger of being pushed. Keep an eye on what “No Time To Die”; “Eternals”; and “Spider-Man: No Way Home” all do now that “Shang-Chi” opened well and could continue to have legs.

While suffering a 52% drop, “Candyman” still held on for a $10,550,000 gross in its second weekend. Its domestic total is now up to $39,063,370 and it also pushed it past $50 million worldwide. “Free Guy” has continued its stellar run as well, only dropping 33.3% in its fourth weekend. The Ryan Reynolds-led video game flick is now up to $94,373,981 and $241,773,981 worldwide. While “Jungle Cruise” has continued to have legs on its run, “Free Guy” has dominated the same path that “Jungle Cruise” laid out. It is around $13.75 million behind “Jungle Cruise” in domestic gross, with two less weekends under its belt. Speaking of “Jungle Cruise,” it has been a mainstay at the top of the box office, grossing another $4 million in its sixth weekend and is up to $105,711,991 domestically and has a total gross of $193,797,991.

“PAW Patrol: The Movie” continues its stay in the top five at the box office, making another $4 million domestically and has made over $81 million worldwide.

“Don’t Breathe 2” crossed the $40 million mark worldwide and “Respect” crossed the $20 million mark in their fourth weekends.

Two non-franchise films, “The Night House” and “The Protégé” — both in their third weekends — were pulled from over 1,100 theaters each. They grossed $530,000 and $528,000 respectively, and their theatrical runs seem to be tailing off sooner than later.

“Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” has a nice road ahead, with no major wide releases coming until September 24 (“Dear Evan Hansen”). Perhaps “Shang-Chi” can make it feel like the good old days where Marvel movies would stay atop the box office for a few weeks after release. Some notable limited or indie releases to keep an eye on include: “The Card Counter”; “Malignant”*; “The Eyes of Tammy Faye”; “Blue Bayou”; and “Cry Macho.”*

* = Simultaneous HBO Max Release

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