06 Sep 2021, 11:47

'Shang-Chi,' with an Asian lead, sets a N.America box office record

 LOS ANGELES, Sept 6, 2021 (BSS/AFP) - 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

  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.

  "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

  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.

  And 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)

  "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)


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