“Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” stayed on top at the box office, collecting $35.8 million in ticket sales in its second weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday.
That total was good enough for the best second-weekend gross of any film during the pandemic, edging out the previous Marvel movie, “Black Widow.” This year, relatively few films have held well in theaters either because they’ve been streaming simultaneously at home or because moviegoers’ attention fades.
“Shang-Chi” is playing exclusively in theaters, and its second-week drop, 53%, was relatively modest. In two weeks of release, it has grossed $247.6 million globally. At its current pace, “Shang-Chi,” the first Marvel movie to star an Asian superhero (played by Simu Liu), may become the top summer release at the North American box office. Globally, its path is less certain. “Shang-Chi” currently doesn’t have a release date in China. Worldwide, Universal’s “Fast and Furious” sequel “F9” has fared better than any other pandemic release with more than $714 million in ticket sales.
The $90 million four-day Labor Day weekend opening for “Shang-Chi Movie” was widely seen as an encouraging sign for the industry amid the coronavirus surge in the U.S. On Friday, Disney announced that all of its remaining 2021 releases, including Marvel’s “Eternals,” will open exclusively in theaters, and not land on Disney+ at the same time. That was how “Black Widow” opened, prompting a lawsuit from star Scarlett Johansson.
Warner Bros.’ “Malignant,” a horror thriller directed by James Wan, was the only sizable new competition for “Shang-Chi.” It debuted softly with $5.6 million. Overseas, it added $6.3 million from 69 markets. Like all Warner Bros. releases this year, “Malignant” was also released on HBO Max for subscribers. The studio has said it will return to debuting films with an exclusive theatrical window next year.
The weak debut for “Malignant” allowed Disney to also take the second spot this weekend. The Ryan Reynolds action comedy “Free Guy,” from Disney’s 20th Century Studios, grossed $5.8 million in its fifth week of release, bringing its domestic tally to $101.5 million. It has made $276 million worldwide.
The specialty film business also showed some signs of life heading into the fall season. Shortly after its premiere at the Venice Film Festival, Paul Schrader’s “The Card Counter,” starring Oscar Isaac, launched with $1.1 million in 580 theaters for Focus Features. In the film, Isaac plays a professional gambler with a dark military past.
Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Comscore. Where available, the latest international numbers for Friday through Sunday are also included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.
1. “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the 10 Rings,” $35.8 million ($35.2 million internationally).
2. “Free Guy,” $5.8 million, ($17.3 million internationally).
3. “Malignant,” $5.6 million, ($6.3 million internationally).
4. “Candyman,” $4.8 million, ($1.3 million internationally).
5. “Jungle Cruise,” $2.45 million, ($700,000 internationally).
6. “Paw Patrol,” $2.2 million, ($5.7 million internationally).
7. “Don’t Breathe 2,” $1.15 million.
8. “The Card Counter,” $1.1 million.
9. “Show Me the Father,” $700,000.
10. “Respect,” $503,000.
‘Shang-Chi’ Movie Lifts To $258M Global; ‘Free Guy’ At $277M
Disney/Marvel’s Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings handily crossed the $250M mark globally this weekend, seeing a very good 34% drop at the international box office and maintaining No. 1s in such key markets as Australia, Brazil, France, Germany, Korea, Italy, Mexico, Russia, Spain and the UK.
The overall overseas weekend was $35.2M from 42 material markets, lifting the international cume to $112M and worldwide to $257.6M. It’s still a question mark on a China release ahead, but there is some runway elsewhere for the Destin Daniel Cretton-directed superhero pic, and word of mouth continues to be positive. Next up, Warner Bros/Legendary’s sci-fi epic Dune opens this week in select overseas markets, and then Bond starts rolling in from September 28.
While most of South East Asia is closed, it’s encouraging to see that Singapore, along with Hong Kong and Taiwan held No. 1s this weekend on Shang-Chi. There is that question over an eventual China release — and that’s important since it’s a big Marvel market — but the film is holding its own elsewhere, even if Korea continues to be low.
The Top 5 markets to date are the UK ($16.4M), Korea ($10.7M), France ($7.5M), Russia ($6.1M) and Japan ($5.5M).
In IMAX, Shang-Chi has grossed $21M globally, of which $8.6M comes from overseas.
The only major studio title in the China market of late, Disney/20th Century Studios’ Free Guy continues to excel. The Ryan Reynolds-starrer has now grossed $276.5M global, including $174.7M internationally. With $76.3M to date in China, the film is the third highest grossing MPA title there since cinemas reopened in July 2020. The overall weekend was $17.3M overseas. China leads all markets, followed by the UK ($19.7M), Russia ($10.4M), France ($5.1M) and Saudi Arabia ($4.4M).
IMAX is now at $19.7M on the movie, including $10.7M from China.
New Line/Warner Bros’ Malignant expanded overseas this session, adding $6.3M in 69 markets with a 35% drop from opening last weekend. The offshore total is $9.5M for $15.1M global. There’s a lot of horror out there right now and the numbers are low on this one despite some comparably decent openings. Russia debuted at No. 2 with $953K which is 22% above Don’t Breathe 2 and double Candyman. That makes it the No. 2 market behind Spain where the cume is $1.4M (-39%) and ahead of France at $925K, the UK ($574K) and Mexico ($514K).
Paramount’s Paw Patrol: The Movie is now in 49 markets, repping 91% of the overseas footprint with an international cume of $57.9M (-32%) and $92.5M global. The pups made $5.7M this weekend and opened No. 2 in Brazil, grossing $835K including previews from 494 locations. Notably going next week are Australia and Taiwan.
Voltage Pictures After We Fell Movie has upped its offshore cume to $18M in 43 markets, and continues to be led by Germany with $3.8M.
As a reminder, France, Italy and Germany require a health pass for entry to cinemas (Germany adapted far more quickly, however); 60% of the Australia market by box office potential is currently in lockdown; Korea still has a high number of cases; 70% of the Japanese marketplace is affected by states of emergency which limit screening times and, as noted above, all of South East Asia (save Singapore) is still shuttered.