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Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings Holds on to First Place in the Weekend Box Office

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

It shouldn’t be much of a surprise by Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings repeated as champ of the weekend box office. The film added an estimated $35.8 million to its domestic total which now stands at $145.6 million. That weekend total was a drop of 52.5% which is a little bit better than average for a comic book film which can easily drop 55% to 60% in their second weekend.

Internationally, the film rocked, with an almost similar amount as the previous weekend’s gross during the week. It earned about $55.8 million bringing the international gross to $112 million. Worldwide, the film has grossed $257.6 million.

In second place was Free Guy which moved up a slot from the previous weekend. The film added an estimated $5.8 million to its domestic total which now stands at $101.8 million. The film has continued to do well overseas adding about $27.3 million over the week to bring that total to $174.7 million. Worldwide, the film has grossed $276.5 million.

Malignant debuted in third place with a dual opening on HBO Max. It’s unknown how many watched the film there. It’s unknown if the numbers are good if they’d be released as it would provide more ammunition for theater owners to say that same day digital releases are hurting box office grosses. But, a solid number would also push back against any negative narrative the film is a failure. The film grossed $5.6 million domestically and $9.5 million internationally for a worldwide total of $15.1 million.

Candyman slipped to fourth place from last weekend’s second. The film earned an estimated $4.8 million to bring its domestic total to $48 million. The film earned just $300,000 internationally over the week to bring that gross to $11.2 million. Worldwide, the film has earned $59.2 million.

Rounding out the top five was Jungle Cruise which has held in the top five for some time now. The film added an impressive $2.5 million after seven weeks to bring its domestic total to $109.9 million. The international gross stands at $86.9 million. Worldwide the film has grossed $196.8 million.

In comic films…

Black Widow came in at #12 with an estimated $282,000. Domestically, the film has grossed $183.1 million. The international total has held steady at $189.6 million. Worldwide, the film has grossed $372.7 million.

Old was #13 with an estimated $244,585. Domestically, the film has grossed $47.7 million. Internationally, the film added about $1,900,000 to its total over the week to bring that to $39.9 million. Worldwide, the film has grossed $87.7 million.

The Suicide Squad didn’t show up on the weekend chart but the film looks like it made about $500,000 over the week. Domestically, the film has grossed $54.9 million. The film added $1.9 million to its international gross over the week to bring that to $110 million. Worldwide, the film has grossed $164.9 million.

Initial numbers have 53 films earning $61,321,811 from 31,299 theaters. That’s around $50 million less than last weekend’s 45 films which earned $110,438,478 from 30,852 theaters. The average earning was $1,959.23 this past weekend, about 50% less than the previous weekend’s $3,579.62.

Shang-Chi Takes the Box Office with a Labor Day Record but Short of Black Widow’s Debut

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings easily took the weekend box office setting a Labor Day weekend record… but all is not perfect. The film earned an estimated $75.4 million over the three day weekend and is projected to earn between $83 and $90 million over the four days. The previous weekend best was Rob Zombie’s Halloween which earned $30.5 million in 2007. The film also earned $56.2 million internationally for a worldwide debut of $127.6 million.

Where things can be debated is whether the “theater only” strategy paid off for Disney and Marvel Studios.

In July, Black Widow debuted with $80.4 million domestically and $78 million internationally. In both of those measurements that film did better than Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings but it also debuted on Disney+ for an extra $30 plus subscriptions and reportedly generated an additional $60 million. That offer wasn’t available for Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. So, did the film miss out on revenue?

What can be argued is that the lack of a Disney+ didn’t boost box office receipts like theaters might have expected. Black Widow so far is the top opening film of the year and Shang-Chi is second beating F9 by about $1 million. Theater owners will argue the lack of digital release did help to boost Shang-Chi‘s debut due to the record setting weekend. But, when it comes to “origin” films, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is on the lower end of Marvel Cinematic Universe debut earnings with only The Incredible Hulk, Ant-Man, Captain America: The First Avenger, and Thor lower. And, when adjusted for inflation only Ant-Man is lower with The Incredible Hulk being close with $70.3 million. Disney likely lost out on money by not releasing the film on Disney+.

What really needs to be watched is the film’s second weekend and if it sees a massive drop-off like Black Widow though the two are very different in reviews with Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings receiving much higher reviews from both critics and the audience. It’s possible a positive word of mouth will soften the second weekend drop. What’s clear is that audiences are being picky about what they see in theaters in the age of COVID. Studios need to be much more strategic for the next year in deciding what to release only in theaters and what to dual release on-demand.

In second place was Candyman which dropped 52% from its debut weekend. The film earned an estimated $10.6 million to bring its domestic total to $39.1 million. Internationally, the film earned about $5.7 million over the week to bring that to $10.9 million. Worldwide, the film has grossed a little over $50 million after two weeks.

Free Guy slipped one spot to third earning an estimated $8.7 million. Domestically, the film has grossed $91.9 million after four weeks. Over the week the film added an impressive $47.1 million to bring that to $147.4 million. Worldwide, the film has grossed $239.3 million.

PAW Patrol: The Movie grossed an estimated $4 million to bring its domestic total to $30.3 million. $12.5 million was added to its international total over the week to bring that to $50.3 million. Worldwide, the film has grossed $80.6 million.

Rounding out the top five was Jungle Cruise which added a little under $4 million to its domestic total. It now has grossed $105.6 million. Its international total stands at $86.9 million. Worldwide, the film has grossed $192.5 million.

In comic films…

The Suicide Squad came in at #8 with an estimated $905,000. Domestically, the film has grossed $54.4 million. The film added $16 million to its international gross to bring that to $108.1 million. Worldwide, the film has grossed $162.5 million.

Black Widow came in at #9 with an estimated $748,000. Domestically, the film has grossed $182.5 million. The international total has held steady at $189.6 million. Worldwide, the film has grossed $372.1 million.

Old was #12 with an estimated $470,000. Domestically, the film has grossed $47.3 million. Internationally, the film added about $500,000 to its total over the week to bring that to $38 million. Worldwide, the film has grossed $85.3 million.

Initial numbers have 45 films earning $110,438,478 from 30,852 theaters. That’s around $45 million more than last weekend’s 51 films which earned $61,351,651 from 37,222 theaters. The average earning was $3,579.62 this past weekend, over double the previous weekend’s $1,648.26.

Candyman takes the Weekend Box Office

Candyman

Candyman was the top film for the weekend. The film debuted with an estimated $22.4 million. Internationally, the film also earned a little over $5.2 million. Worldwide, the film earned around $27.6 million.

In second place was the previous champ of the past two weekends, Free Guy. The film dipped just 26.7% in its third weekend and earned an estimated $13.6 million. Its domestic total now stands at $79.3 million. Internationally, the film added about $47.2 million over the week to bring that total to $100.3 million. Worldwide, the film has earned $179.6 million, an absolute success for these times.

PAW Patrol: The Movie slipped one spot to come in third place. The film added $6.6 million to its domestic total to bring that to $24.1 million. Over the week, the film earned about $16.3 million to bring that to $37.8 million. Worldwide, the film has grossed $61.9 million.

Jungle Cruise slip to fourth place, down one spot from the previous weekend. The film added a little over $5 million to its domestic total which now stands at $100.1 million. Internationally, the film added about $5.7 million over the week to bring that to $86.9 million. Worldwide, the film has earned a little over $187 million at the box office.

Rounding out the top five was Don’t Breathe 2 which earned an estimated $2.8 million. Domestically, the film has grossed $24.6 million. $3.2 million was added its international earnings over the week which now stands at $10.7 million. Worldwide, the film has grossed $35.3 million.

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The Suicide Squad came in at #7 adding a little over $2 million to its domestic total. That now stands at $52.8 million. Internationally, the film added about $600,000 to its total which now stands at $92.1 million. Worldwide, the film has grossed $144.9 million.

Black Widow came in at #10 with an estimated $855,000. Domestically, the film has earned $181.5 million. The international total has held steady at $189.6 million. Worldwide, the film has grossed $371.1 million.

Old earned about $830,000 to come in at #11. Domestically, the film has grossed $46.5 million. Over the week, the film added about $2.2 million to bring its international total to $37.5 million. Worldwide, the film has grossed $84 million.

Initial numbers have 51 films earning $61,351,651 from 37,222 theaters. That’s slightly down from last weekend’s 50 films which earned $63,388,045 from 38,027 theaters. It’s close to the results from three weekends ago. The average earning was $1,648.26 this past weekend, a slight dip from the previous weekend’s $1,666.92.

Free Guy Repeats in First Place while Paw Patrol: The Movie Takes Second

Free Guy

Free Guy took the top spot at the weekend box office for the second weekend in a row. The film dropped just 33.8% from the previous weekend and earned an estimated $18.8 million. Domestically, the film has grossed $58.8 million after two weeks. Internationally, the film grossed about $30.6 million over the week to bring that total to $53.1 million. Worldwide, the film has grossed $111.9 million.

In second place was Paw Patrol: The Movie which received a heavy push by Paramount. The film also premiered digitally on Paramount+. Domestically, the film grossed an estimated $13 million. Internationally, the film has grossed $21.5 million. The worldwide total stands at $34.5 million after one week.

Jungle Cruise held on to third place with an estimated $6.2 million. Domestically, the film has grossed $92.5 million after four weeks. Over the week, the film also grossed about $9 million to bring its international gross to $81.2 million. Worldwide, the film has earned $173.7 million.

Don’t Breathe 2 slipped to fourth place earning an estimated $5.1 million to bring its domestic gross to $19.7 million. Over the week, the film also grossed $4.1 million to bring that to $7.5 million. Worldwide, the film has grossed $27.2 million.

Rounding out the top five was Respect which earned an estimated $3.8 million to bring its domestic total to $15.1 million. Internationally, the film has grossed $569,000. Worldwide, the film has earned $15.7 million.

In comic films…

The Suicide Squad came in sixth place and earned an estimated $3.4 million to bring its domestic total to $49.3 million. Over the week, the film grossed $16.3 million to bring its international total to $91.5 million. Worldwide, the film has grossed $140.8 million.

Black Widow was #10 with an estimated $1.2 million to bring its domestic total to $180.2 million. The film has held steady at $189.6 million internationally. Worldwide, the film has grossed $369.8 million.

Old came in at #11 with an estimated $1.1 million to bring its domestic earnings to $45.2 million. Over the week, the film earned around $3.6 million at the international box office to bring that to $35.3 million. Worldwide, the film has grossed $80.5 million.

Initial numbers have 50 films earning $63,388,045 from 38,027 theaters. That’s down from last weekend’s 48 films which earned $75,601,843 from 35,206 theaters. It’s close to the results from two weekends ago. The average earning was $1,666.92 this past weekend, down from the previous weekend’s $2,147.41.

Free Guy Wins the Box Office with a Strong Debut

Free Guy

Free Guy performed better than expecting taking the top spot at the weekend box office. The weekend saw three new films all enter the top five.

Free Guy debuted with an estimated $28.4 million. Video game based film Pixels opened with a little over $24 million in 2015. Internationally, Free Guy also grossed $22.5 million for a weekend total of $50.9 million.

In second place was Don’t Breathe 2. The film grossed an estimated $10.6 million in its first weekend. Internationally, the film earned $3.4 million for a weekend total of $14 million. The original film opened with a little more than $26.4 million in 2016.

Jungle Cruise dropped to third place earning an estimated $9 million to bring its domestic total to $82.1 million after three weeks. Internationally, the film added about $15.7 million over the week. The film has grossed $72.2 million internationally. Worldwide, the total stands at $154.3 million.

Respect debuted in fourth place with an estimated $8.8 million gross. No international numbers have been released.

The Suicide Squad saw a massive drop going from last weekend’s first place to fifth. With an estimated $7.8 million, the movie saw a 70.4% dip from the previous week. Domestically, the film has earned $42.9 million after two weeks. Internationally, the film grossed about $29.5 million over the week to lift that total to $75.2 million. Worldwide, the film has grossed $118.1 million after two weeks.

In other comic film earnings…

Old went from third to sixth earning an estimated $2.4 million. Domestically, the film has grossed just under $43 million. Over the week, the film grossed a around $4.9 million internationally. It now stands at $31.6 million there. Worldwide, the film has grossed $74.6 million.

Black Widow came in seventh place with an estimated $2 million domestic gross. The film has brought in $178.2 million domestically. Internationally, the film added about $4.2 million for a total of $189.6 million. Worldwide, the film has grossed $367.8 million.

Initial numbers have 48 films earning $75,601,843 from 35,206 theaters. That’s an improvement from last weekend’s 48 films which earned $65,081,427 from 32,857 theaters. The average earning was $2,147.41 this past weekend, slightly up from the previous weekend’s $1,980.75.

The Suicide Squad Takes the Weekend Box Office. Three “comic” films in the top 5

The Suicide Squad

It was a rough opening for The Suicide Squad with armchair critics throwing bombs for the grosses. Though the film has been well received, 91% Tomatometer and 84% audience score, the film struggled to light a fire at the box office.

The Suicide Squad opened with an estimated $26.5 million domestically far short of the $133.7 million of the original film. It also grossed $45.7 million internationally delivering a $72.2 million opening weekend.

There’s numerous reasons for the depressed opening. The COVID effect should bot be discounted. The Delta variant is in the news and it no doubt weighed on audience’s minds. The film also had the option to be viewed on HBO Max without additional payment. With the threat of disease and an alternative, it’s not too surprising the film had a rough opening. Despite that most likely reason, the film’s poor opening has give ammo to those already criticizing Warner Bros. as well as brand partisans.

The original Suicide Squad went on to gross $325.1 million domestically, $421.7 million internationally for a total of $746.8 million.

Jungle Cruise dropped to second place with an estimated $15.7 million, that’s down 55.2% from the previous weekend. The film has grossed $65.3 million domestically. Over the week, the film earned just shy of $29 million internationally to lift that number to $56.5 million. Worldwide, the film has grossed $121.8 million.

In third place was Old, down one spot. The film has grossed $4.1 million to bring that total to $38.5 million. Over the week, the film added about $4.7 million internationally to bring that total to $26.7 million. Worldwide, the film has grossed $65.2 million.

Black Widow took fourth place with an estimated $4 million to lift the film’s domestic grosses to $174.4 million. Over the week, the film earned just shy of $9 million to bring that total to $185.4 million. Worldwide, the film has grossed $359.8 million.

Rounding out the top five was Stillwater which earned an estimated $2.9 million to bring its domestic earnings to an even $10 million. With no international gross, it’s worldwide earnings so far is a little over $10 million.

Initial numbers have 48 films earning $65,081,427 from 32,857 theaters. That’s down from last weekend’s 56 films which earned $78,603,446 from 35,813 theaters. The average earning was $1,980.75 this past weekend, only slightly down from the previous weekend’s $2,194.83.

Three New Films Pack the Top Five

Jungle Cruise

It’s been quite a while since we’ve seen this but three new films have all filled the top five lifting the box office slightly from the previous weekend.

Jungle Cruise topped the box office with an estimated $34.2 million. The film also debuted on Disney+ where it reportedly earned about another $30 million, a third of its debut total. Internationally, the film earned about $27.6 million a bit lower than expected. The domestic gross was a bit more than expected despite renewed COVID conerns. At the box office the film grossed $61.8 million but with Disney+ added that total is over $90 million for the opening weekend.

The Green Knight opened with $6.8 million at the domestic box office putting it in third place. No international numbers have been returned.

In second place was last weekend’s top film Old. The film earned an estimated $6.9 putting it just about $70,000 between it and third place. It has now earned $30.6 million domestically. Over the week, the film added about $11.4 million at the international box office to bring that to just under $18 million. Worldwide, the film has earned $48.6 million.

Black Widow slipped to fourth place earning an estimated $6.4 million to bring its domestic total to $167.1 million. Internationally, the film grossed about $15.4 million over the week to bring that total to $176.5 million. Worldwide, the film has grossed $343.6 million.

Stillwater rounded out the top five. It debuted with an estimated $5.1 million with no international returns so far.

Initial numbers have 56 films earning $78,603,446 from 35,813 theaters. That’s a slight uptick last weekend’s 55 films which earned $70,566,747 from 34,099 theaters. The average earning was $2,194.83 this past weekend, an improvement from the previous weekend’s $2,069.47.

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