‘Shang-Chi’ makes legendary box office debut with $90M opening weekend

Marvel Studios’ first Asian-led superhero film has exceeded early box office predictions with a stellar $71.4 million domestic performance on its opening weekend and is set to earn around $90 million through Monday.

Smash hit: “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings,” which started playing exclusively in theaters on Sept. 3, the beginning of Labor Day weekend, was expected to attract between $45 and $50 million in its first three days, reported Box Office Mojo

  • With overseas figures currently at $56.2 million, “Shang-Chi” is sitting mightily at $127.6 million for its three-day haul at the global box office.
  • According to Deadline, Disney is reporting $83.5 million earnings for “Shang-Chi” Monday morning (fourth day), on track for its four-day estimate of $89.2 million. 
  • Black Widow,” Marvel Studios’ first cinematic offering since the pandemic shutdowns, made $80 million (domestic) on its opening weekend back in July.
  • “Shang-Chi’s” domestic figures have already far exceeded previous Labor Day box office record holder “Halloween,” which grossed $30.6 million in 2007.

Grade A, certified fresh: After enjoying strong positive buzz online following its early screenings last month, “Shang-Chi” maintained favorable responses from both viewers and critics after its wider release this opening weekend. 

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  • As of this writing, the film is a “certified fresh” at review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, with a 92% rating at the site’s Tomatometer, which is based on 243 critic reviews. It also gained a 98% audience score at Rotten Tomatoes from over 5,000 verified viewer ratings.
  • “Shang-Chi” received an “A” rating from audiences via research firm CinemaScore, which surveys opening night viewers to rate their viewing experiences.

“Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings,” which stars Simu Liu as the titular superhero, marks a significant milestone for Asian representation in superhero films. It will play for at least 45 days in theaters before it becomes available for streaming on Disney Plus. 

Featured Image via Marvel Entertainment

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