Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings scored a big opening weekend at the US box office. The latest Marvel movie made $71.4 million in its first three days on release, taking the No. 2 slot on the box office chart and setting a new record for the Labor Day weekend. The record was previously held by 2007’s Halloween remake.
Shang-Chi’s opening gross is the second-highest of the pandemic era, after Black Widow, which made $80.3 million in July. However, as Box Office Mojo notes, Black Widow was also available on Disney+ Premium Access, whereas Shang-Chi can only be seen in theaters. Nevertheless, it’s a great result for the movie, particularly at a time when there is concern about the surge of COVID-19 infections in the US. Internationally, the movie made $56.2 million, bringing its worldwide total to $127.6 million so far.
Shang-Chi is the only new entry in the box office chart this week. It knocked Candyman into second place–the horror movie made $10.5 million to bring its US total to $39.0 million. The next few movies remain in the same order as last week, with Free Guy at No. 3, PAW Patrol: The Movie at No. 4, Jungle Cruise at No. 5, and Don’t Breathe 2 at No. 6. Other titles in the chart include Respect, Black Widow, and The Suicide Squad.
The next few weeks are fairly quiet in terms of new releases, with James Wan’s Malignant and the Sopranos prequel The Many Saints of Newark the biggest films, both of which will also be available on HBO Max. However, October will see a host of new movies hitting theaters, including No Time To Die, Venom: Let There be Carnage, Halloween Kills, and Dune.