Since premiering in September, Marvel’s latest film Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings has received strong reviews and topped North American box office with $71.4 million US dollars, becoming the best-performing film of the COVID-19 pandemic. On September 24, the first Marvel film headlined by an Asian character took in another US $3.59 million to reach US $186.7 million, officially overtaking Black Widow’s US $183 million to become this year’s top-grossing film!
Diverse Cast, Theatrical Hit
Shang-Chi‘s strong box office showing has exceeded expectations, as it has already surpassed several hit Marvel productions including Incredible Hulk (US $132 million in 2008), Captain America: The First Avenger (US $177 million in 2011) and Thor (US $181 million in 2011) as well as Antman (also US $181 million in 2015).
Marvel productions which are ahead of the film include 2013’s Thor: The Dark World (US $206 million) and 2018’s Ant-man and the Wasp. As for non-Marvel-esque superhero flicks, Shang-Chi is now on track to surpass 2014’s The Amazing Spiderman 2 (US $203 million) and 2018’s Venom (US $214 million).
Shang-Chi is expected to reach the US $200 million domestic mark by week three, making it well-poised to defeat 2020’s Bad Boys for Life (US $204 million), as the biggest earner in 2020/2021. Competition is already hot on its heels come October, with anticipated cinematic releases including Venom: Let There Be Carnage, No Time to Die, Halloween Kills and Dune.
Meanwhile, a November 12 release date has already been announced for the Destin Daniel Cretin actioner on Disney+ streaming service.
Top 10 North American Box Office of 2021 :
1. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings ($196.20 million)
2. Black Widow ($183.56 million)
3. F9: The Fast Saga ($172.99 million)
4. A Quiet Place Part II ($160.07 million)
5. Jungle Cruise ($114.89 million)
6. Free Guy ($114.12 million)
7. Godzilla vs. Kong ($100.56 million)
8. Cruella ($86.1 million)
9. Space Jam: A New Legacy ($70.45 million)
10. The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It ($65.56 million)
Source: ETToday, Instagram
This article has been written by JoyceK for JayneStars.com