The Record-Breaking Box Office Return For ‘Shang-Chi’ Is A Remarkably Promising Sign For The Movie Industry

SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS

Marvel Studios


  • Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings hit theaters on September 3.
  • It’s currently on track to make a record-breaking $75-$85 million in its opening weekend.
  • Keep up with all the latest Marvel Cinematic Universe news here.

Following Paramount’s decision to delay both Top Gun: Maverick and Jackass 4 into 2022, some movie fans began worrying that another wave of delays across the industry were on the horizon. However, given the record-breaking success of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings — success that would’ve been record-breaking even in a non-pandemic world — movie fans can rest a little easier as we head into the Fall.

According to reports, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings — the second film in the MCU’s Phase 4 and the first to be set in present-day (Black Widow was set following the events of Captain America: Civil War — is on track to earn somewhere in the neighborhood of $80 million dollars during the Labor Day holiday weekend.

The Marvel Studios title from filmmaker Destin Daniel Cretton grossed $29.6 million in Friday ticket sales from 4,300 locations. Internationally, it has grossed $23.4 million, bringing Shang-Chi‘s combined haul to $53 million. The PG-13 movie, which earned positive reviews and a glowing A Cinemascore, stars Simu Liu as Marvel’s newest hero.

With expectations set for an opening of $75-85 million for the four-day frame, Shang-Chi is poised to be one of the biggest domestic openings of the pandemic and will smash the Labor Day weekend record previously held by the 2007 Halloween, which earned $30.6 over the four-day frame. [via The Hollywood Reporter]

Given the film’s success, it would appear likely that Marvel Studios will keep Eternals in its current November 5 release date. Hopefully, that extends into December so the highly-anticipated Spider-Man: No Way Home can hit theaters on its current December 17 date.

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