Box Office: ‘Shang-Chi’ Scores A Knockout $140M Worldwide

  1. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (review)- $71.4M/$83.5M

Disney has taken some heat for not having Black Widow be a theatrical exclusive when theaters were so badly looking to rebound. And now we see that removing the Disney+ option is all the incentive audiences need to pony up for a ticket. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Marvel Studios’ first major Asian-American superhero, opened with a Fri-Sun $71.4M, upped to $83.5M when Labor Day is factored in. Worldwide, the film has totaled $1397M. I’m sure some of that has to do with the casting, which includes Awkwafina, Michelle Yeoh, Hong Kong superstar Tony Leung, and newcomer Simu Liu who fans genuinely like as the Master of Kung Fu. Put into larger context, Disney is making up for lost ground with their last few releases, not just Black Widow but also Jungle Cruise and Free Guy, which are dominating the top 10.

2. Candyman– $10.5M/$39M

Nia DaCosta and Jordan Peele’s Candyman fared better than most horrors, only falling 52% in its second weekend for $10.5M and $39M total.

3. Free Guy– $8.7M/$91.8M

4. PAW Patrol: The Movie– $4M/$30.3M

5. Jungle Cruise– $3.95M/$105.6M

6. Don’t Breathe 2– $2.2M/$27.9M

7. Respect– $1.2M/$21.9M

8. The Suicide Squad– $905K/$54.4M

9. Black Widow– $748K/$182.5M

Despite lower than anticipated numbers at home, Black Widow has $372M worldwide. Still a far cry from what else

10.  The Night House– $552K/$6.2M


Travis Hopson
Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.