Marvel's 'Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings' breaks Labor Day box office record
The film posted an estimated $90 million over the four-day weekend.
"Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings," the latest entry in Marvel's Cinematic Universe, topped the Labor Day weekend box office -- and expectations -- posting an estimated $90 million over the four-day weekend.
The film's three-day total, an estimated $75.5 million, bested the record previously set by 2007’s "Halloween," which got off to a $30.6 million start.
"Shang-Chi," the first Marvel film to feature an Asian superhero as the protagonist, is also the second-highest grossing film of the COVID era, behind "Black Widow’s" $80.3 million back in July. Unlike "Black Widow," however, "Shang-Chi" was released exclusively in theaters and should have more staying power than the Scarlett Johansson-led film, which simultaneously rolled out on the Disney+ streaming service.
"Shang-Chi" -- starring Simu Liu, Awkwafina, Michelle Yeoh and Tony Leung -- grabbed an estimated $56.2 million overseas, bringing its worldwide total to $146.2 million.
The thriller "Candyman," slipped from first to second place in its sophomore frame, delivering an estimated $10.5 million over the three-day weekend and $13 million through Monday.
Disney/20th Century’s sci-fi comedy "Free Guy" finished Monday with an estimated $11.2 million, including $8.7 million from Friday-Sunday, bringing ticket sales to $94.3 million here in the states and $81.8 million worldwide.
Disney's "Jungle Cruise" and Paramount's "PAW Patrol" tied in fourth place, each nabbing an estimated $4 million over the three-day weekend and $5.2 million through Monday. "Jungle Cruise" crossed the $100 million plateau at the U.S. box office, with its tally currently resting at $106.8 million.
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