BOX OFFICE REPORT
September 10-12, 2021
(estimates from BoxOfficeMojo.com)
|Shang-Chi and the
Legend of the Ten Rings
|Free Guy||$5.8 million|
|Jungle Cruise||$2.4 million|
In just 10 days, Shang-Chi has gone from one of the year's biggest question marks to one of the year's biggest hits. The latest Marvel movie continues to bring out audiences. Its drop from the long weekend is on par with other blockbusters. It's now the fourth-highest grossing movie of the year, and should edge out A Quiet Place Part II and F9 by the end of the month. While October will bring new competition, including sequels to big hits like Venom and Halloween, there's an outside chance this becomes our first $200 million finisher.
Free Guy also crossed a milestone, becoming the sixth movie of the year to pass $100 million. It will likely pass Jungle Cruise –the No. 5 film both this weekend and on the year-to-date list – in a week or two. Though it may be a game of inches as the Rock/Emily Blunt action comedy continues to hold strongly after more than a month in theaters.
For third and fourth place, it was a battle of horror movies. James Wan's Malignant – which was also available to stream on HBO Max – edged out the third weekend of Candyman. It got similarly mixed reviews, but some critics went nuts for its allegedly bonkers third-act twist.
Outside the top 5:
- This Weekend's Indie Champ: Azor, the French spy movie. It averaged $3,200 on its pair of screens.
- The Card Counter opened to a fairly dismal $1.1 million. Still, it only premiered 580 screens and will hopefully have long legs this fall.
- Still, it did better than quasi-documentary Show Me the Father, which opened on twice as many screens. Produced by Christian filmmaking all-stars the Kendrick Brothers, it explores father-son relationships and faith. Why this didn't open on Father's Day is beyond me.
You can expect Shang-Chi to repeat at the top spot again. None of its competition poses any real threat, though they all look entertaining in their own way. Gerard Butler has some fun in the over-the-top action flick Copshop, Jessica Chastain comes for her Oscar with The Eyes of Tammy Faye, and Clint Eastwood says goodbye to the cowboy life (again) in Cry Macho.