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