When Bob chapek assured that Shang-Chi and the legend of the ten rings – 95% was an “experiment”, it was clear that the challenge of the film was to demonstrate which was the best option for the next releases after the important fall of Black Widow – 87% at the global box office after its opening weekend. But perhaps what they really wanted was to have proof that simultaneous releases were necessary during the pandemic times that continue to overwhelm the world and thus justify their distribution decisions.
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If that was his true intention, then everything went wrong for him. And it is that the film starring Simu Liu has not only exceeded economic and reception expectations worldwide, but also showed that its collection has better results with films screened exclusively in cinemas, in addition to having already broken several box office records. This has already generated its first change for the next releases of the MCU now that it has been confirmed that Eternals will also have an exclusive premiere in theaters.
After tripling the highest revenue on Labor Day weekend, where Halloween: The Beginning – 25% was the leader, Shang-Chi now became the first film to score the best second weekend since 2019. In December of that year, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker – 61% grossed $ 72 million at the US box office during its second weekend in theaters.
Now, the latest Marvel Studios film has managed to set its second screening weekend with $ 34.1 million in the United States. It is true that the number is well below the income of the last Star Wars movie, but taking into account the time in which we find ourselves with limited capacity and simultaneous releases, this is the first film to maintain an almost stable income for two weeks.
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So far all the films that have been released have decreased their collection significantly and seeing that one of them is managing to maintain a stable path is significant for the industry in general. This information comes through a collection analysis carried out by Forbes magazine, where they also point out that Destin Daniel Cretton’s film has already exceeded USD $ 255 million worldwide.
According to the report, the tape belonging to phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe has already surpassed the second weekend of pre-pandemic titles such as Bad Boys Forever – 87% or Sonic The Movie – 89% in terms of world collection. Experts estimate that Shang-Chi could close his career with $ 230 million in the United States alone. So far the only titles that threaten the current reign of Marvel’s film are Venom: Let There Be Carnage and No Time to Die, but both are released in October, so you have your way free.
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Finally, the second installment of Venom – 35% is expected to also have a significant path and could be the first film to surpass $ 200 million domestically in the last year and a half. So far, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, beyond its financial collection, has been acclaimed by both critics and viewers, calling it one of the best origin stories of the MCU.