‘Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings’ revalidates its box office success in its second week in theaters. The Marvel Studios film began its journey by busting the record for the Labor Day bridge in the United States, and amassing a few number 1s in various countries. After a second weekend in which it has not had strong competition, Simu Liu’s film has added an estimated 35.7 million dollars in the United States and 35.2 million dollars in the international market. In total it has 257.6 million dollars worldwide.
The film has suffered the typical decline of a Marvel film after its premiere weekend, in which fans rush to theaters to see the new adventures of the House of Ideas first. In the United States it has meant a 53% drop compared to the previous weekend, a figure better than expected. Specifically, it has achieved the third best second weekend of a month of September, surpassed only by the two installments of ‘It’. At the international level, it has fallen only 34%.
‘Shang-Chi’ can already take advantage of these days before the arrival of ‘Dune’ to theaters because his great hope, to premiere in China, is still quite unlikely. The Chinese government’s propaganda department remains reluctant to grant Disney permission to release the film in one of the juiciest markets. because they refuse to forget the racist origin of the character in the comics, details that Destin Daniel Cretton’s team has fixed in the film (such as not doing it the son of Fu Manchu), and because a series of comments made by Simu Liu in 2017 in which he criticized the communist government. The actor came to consider China a Third World country in which people “starved”.
In fact, Marvel has it very complicated with China, one of the few film markets that are already working at full speed at the box office, and its next titles. ‘Eternals’ also faces the problem of censorship as it is directed by Chloé Zhao, who is also very critical of the country’s government..
China has already given Disney a joy this year thanks to ‘Free Guy’. Ryan Reynolds’ film has grossed $ 76.3 million in the Asian country, which has brought its total to $ 276.5 million and is already the sixth highest grossing film of the year worldwide.. Above are only ‘Black Widow’, ‘Godzilla vs. Kong ‘,’ Fast & Furious 9 ‘and the Chinese’ Detective Chinatown 3 ‘and’ Ni han, Li Han Ying ‘, at the moment the highest grossing film of 2021 worldwide with a collection of 841.6 million dollars.