Another quiet September weekend, another win for Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.
With little in the way of new competition, the Disney/Marvel blockbuster easily finished atop the box office for a third weekend in a row, bringing in an estimated $21.7M in its third frame. That counts as the largest third weekend among pandemic-era releases – handily beating out A Quiet Place Part II’s $12M back in June – and the second-largest third weekend of all time in September, surpassing It: Chapter Two’s $17M from 2019 (the first It still holds the record with a $29.8M third weekend in 2017). With $176.89M domestically, it’s now the second-highest-grossing film since the start of the pandemic in North America, second only to Marvel stablemate Black Widow ($183.38), which it should easily surpass by next weekend.
Shang-Chi’s positive word-of-mouth is an undeniable factor in its strong second- and third-weekend holds, as is the film’s premium screen count, which remained largely intact this weekend given the dearth of new blockbuster competition. Speaking of which, the weekend’s two wide-release newcomers — Warner Bros.’ Cry Macho and Open Road’s Copshop — failed to garner much of a theatrical audience in their opening frames.
In fact, the second-place finisher this weekend was long-running holdover Free Guy, which eased just 7% to an estimated $5.2M in its sixth weekend of release. The total for the Ryan Reynolds action-comedy now stands at $108.6M.
Cry Macho, the latest big-screen vehicle for 91-year-old Clint Eastwood, debuted third place with a mild $4.52M from 3,967 locations, partly owing to Warner Bros.’ decision to debut the film day-and-date on HBO Max. The title’s underwhelming 52% critical average on Rotten Tomatoes was also a factor in the disappointing opening, which came just a tick below the actor-writer-director’s previous effort, 2019’s Richard Jewell. That film opened to $4.7M and topped out with just $22.35M domestically, albeit with an exclusive theatrical release. Cry Macho performed particularly well in the West and South, the studio reports.
Universal’s Candyman – which had its VOD debut this weekend – finished in fourth place with an estimated $3.5M in its fourth frame for a total of $53.1M to date.
After opening with a disappointing $5.43M last weekend, Warner Bros.’ Malignant dropped 51% to an estimated $2.68M to fifth place in its sophomore frame. That brings the total for the James Wan horror film, which debuted day-and-date on HBO Max, to $9.8M after 10 days of release.
The weekend’s other wide release, Gerard Butler action movie Copshop, took in an estimated $2.31M from 3,005 screens, good for sixth place. The Joe Carnahan-directed film received an exclusive theatrical release and even garnered decent reviews, but it clearly didn’t connect with its intended (male) audience, who currently have a multitude of options at the multiplex, including Shang-Chi, Free Guy, and Cry Macho.
Disney’s Jungle Cruise took seventh place in its eighth weekend of release with $2.09M (a drop of just 10% from last weekend), bringing its total to a healthy $112.58M. In eighth, Paw Patrol: The Movie took in an estimated $1.75M in its fifth weekend of release for a total of $37.14M.
Debuting in ninth place was Searchlight Pictures’ The Eyes of Tammy Faye, which opened to a soft $675k in 450 theaters. That’s a rather weak start for the Oscar-tipped film, which stars Jessica Chastain in the title role. Reviews for the biopic were mainly positive, though perhaps not good enough to break through with arthouse-leaning audiences. It expands to over 1,000 theaters next weekend.
Don’t Breathe 2 rounded out the top 10 with an estimated $665k in its fifth weekend, bringing the total for the horror sequel to $31.34M.
Warner Bros.’ Dune had a strong start in 24 overseas markets this weekend, including $7.6M in Russia, $7.5M in France, $4.9M in Germany, $2.2M in Italy, and $2M in Spain. The film did particularly strong business on IMAX screens, where it took in an estimated $3.6M from just 142 locations, giving it a sizzling $25k per-screen average (in Denmark, Norway, and Sweden, the studio reports that the film topped $80k per-screen in the IMAX format). IMAX is something of a marketing hook for the Dennis Villenueve-directed tentpole, which was filmed for the format with over an hour of IMAX-exclusive expanded aspect ratio. The sci-fi adaptation opens in North American on Oct. 22.
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings grossed an estimated $20.3M overseas from 43 territories. It remained the No. 1 film in several of them, including Australia (down just 18% weekend-over-weekend), Brazil (down 35%), Mexico (down 14%), and the U.K. (down 35%). The highest-performing international markets to date include the U.K. ($21.8M total), Korea ($12.6M), and France ($9.2M). Shang-Chi‘s overseas tally is $143.7M while its global total has risen to $320.6M. It is now the fourth highest-grossing film worldwide since the start of the pandemic.
Free Guy took in an estimated $8.4M in 48 territories, including China, where its now now stands at an excellent $85.6M. The film’s international total is $189.7M while its worldwide total is $298.3M.
Paw Patrol: The Movie grossed an estimated $5.6M from 55 markets, including 7 new openings in territories such as Australia, Sweden and Finland. The Paramount title’s international total now stands at $66.1M and its global tally is $103.24M.
|Title||Estimated weekend||% change||Locations||Location change||Average||Total||Weekend||Distributor|
|Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings||$21,700,000||-37%||4,070||-230||$5,332||$176,893,555||3||Walt Disney|
|Free Guy||$5,200,000||-7%||3,288||-377||$1,582||$108,576,030||6||20th Century Studios|
|Cry Macho||$4,515,000||3,967||$1,138||$4,515,000||1||Warner Bros.|
|Jungle Cruise||$2,089,000||-10%||2,265||-500||$922||$112,583,336||8||Walt Disney|
|PAW Patrol: The Movie||$1,750,000||-24%||2,820||n/c||$621||$37,143,497||5||Paramount|
|The Eyes of Tammy Faye||$675,000||450||$1,500||$675,000||1||Searchlight Pictures|
|Don’t Breathe 2||$665,000||-43%||1,003||-705||$663||$31,338,128||6||Sony Pictures|
|The Card Counter||$440,000||-58%||584||4||$753||$1,914,390||2||Focus Features|
|Show Me the Father||$365,000||-48%||1,073||n/c||$340||$1,375,123||2||Sony Pictures|
|Blue Bayou||$315,000||477||$660||$315,000||1||Focus Features|
|Black Widow||$181,000||-36%||325||-185||$557||$183,382,994||11||Walt Disney|
|The Night House||$78,000||-57%||210||-300||$371||$6,912,522||5||Searchlight Pictures|
|The Boss Baby: Family Business||$50,000||-30%||396||-87||$126||$57,171,500||12||Universal|
|A Rescue of Little Eggs||$36,600||-36%||71||-44||$515||$886,312||4||Lionsgate|
|The Forever Purge||$35,000||2%||175||-7||$200||$44,540,015||12||Universal|
|The Nowhere Inn||$20,000||46||$435||$20,000||1||IFC Films|