BOX OFFICE REPORT
September 17-19, 2021
(estimates from BoxOfficeMojo.com)
|Shang-Chi and the
Legend of the Ten Rings
|Free Guy||$5.2 million|
|Cry Macho||$4.5 million|
In only three weekends, Shang-Chi is blowing away its competition and the year's record-holders. By next weekend, in which it once again faces little serious competition, it will have surpassed Black Widow to become the year's biggest movie, and will have done so in only 30 days, and without any additional revenue streams. It's mighty impressive. Even though MCU is as big as movies get, this was a somewhat obscure character starring a somewhat obscure actor. A big opening was assured, but the holds and repeat business weren't.
- This Weekend's Indie Champ: The Eyes of Tammy Faye, the biopic of controversial televangelists Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker. But its $1,500 average would be more impressive if it were on about a tenth of the screens. A semi-wide release in 450 theaters means its a less-than-heavenly opening.
- Copshop didn't do the big business of past Gerard Butler hits. But for hailing from a smaller studio (Roadside Attractions) and little advertising, it's a decent debut for a movie that's sure to take off on VOD and streaming.
- Both Blue Bayou and The Nowhere Inn crashed and burned. The former was an acclaimed immigration drama from writer-director Justin Chon. The latter was the faux rock-doc about musician St. Vincent. Both averaged less than $700 on each of its screens.
The only wide release is the widely mocked Dear Evan Hansen. The big screen adaptation of the Tony Award-winning musical has received lots of criticism for the murky ethics of its story and star Ben Platt's decision to reprise his role, despite clearly looking like a guy pushing 30 playing a teenager. But fans won't care. Even so, its best hope is to finish second to another dominant weekend of Shang-Chi.