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‘Shang-Chi,’ with an Asian lead, sets North America box office record

/ 10:46 AM September 06, 2021
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Director Destin Daniel Cretton arrives for the world premiere of Marvel’s “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” at the El Capitan theatre in Hollywood, California, Aug. 16, 2021. Image: AFP/Valerie Macon

The North American box office got a big boost as Disney’s new “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings,” featuring Marvel’s first leading Asian superhero, scored an unexpectedly strong $71.4 million opening, industry observer Exhibitor Relations reported Sunday.

That figure, for the Friday-through-Sunday period, was a Labor Day weekend record, the Hollywood Reporter said, and the film is expected to take in an additional $12.1 million on Monday.

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“This is a fantastic opening on a traditionally quiet Labor Day weekend,” said David A. Gross of Franchise Entertainment Research. “The three-day number is a record-breaker for the holiday, a positive finish to the summer… (marking) a sensational weekend for the industry.”

“Shang-Chi” stars Canadian actor, stuntman and erstwhile Deloitte accountant Simu Liu as Marvel’s newest superhero, a former assassin in the shadow of an evil father. It also features Awkwafina, Tony Leung and Michelle Yeoh.

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The film, which has drawn strong reviews for its choreography and Asian representation, enjoyed the second biggest opening of this pandemic year, behind Marvel’s “Black Widow,” which had an $80 million opening.

By way of comparison, Universal’s slasher film “Candyman” topped last weekend’s box office with just $22 million before slipping to second place this weekend with a three-day take of $10.6 million ($13 million for four days). It stars Yahya Abdul-Mateen II.

In third place this weekend was “Free Guy” from 20th Century, at $8.7 million ($11.2 million for four days). The sci-fi comedy stars Ryan Reynolds as an everyman bank teller who finds himself inside a huge video game.

Paramount animation “PAW Patrol: The Movie” came in fourth, at $4 million ($5.2 million for four days). It tells the story of a boy and the brave young pups who help him save their city from an impeachment-worthy mayor.

In fifth was Disney’s family adventure film “Jungle Cruise” with a take of $3.95 million ($5.2 million for four days).

Rounding out the top 10 were:

“Don’t Breathe 2” ($2.2 million for three days; $2.7 million for four)

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“Respect” ($1.2 million; $1.5 million)

“The Suicide Squad” ($905,000; $1.1 million)

“Black Widow” ($748,000; $903,000)

“The Night House” ($552,000; $700,000). JB

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