‘Shang-Chi’ Tops Box Office for Third Week With Few Rivals
(Bloomberg) -- “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings,” the first Marvel superhero film to feature an Asian lead actor, dominated the box office for a third straight weekend, benefiting from few new releases from competing studios.
- The Walt Disney Co. picture took in $21.7 million in sales at U.S. and Canadian theaters, researcher Comscore Inc. said Monday. That missed Boxoffice Pro’s forecast of $23 million. So far the movie has generated $177 million in domestic ticket sales, making it one of the biggest hits of the year.
- “Cry Macho,” a Warner Bros. film by Clint Eastwood, was released on both HBO Max and in theaters this weekend. It brought in $4.4 million, Comscore said. “Copshop,” a movie about a con man starring Gerard Butler, generated $2.3 million domestically.
- The movie business is still struggling with the Covid-19 pandemic and its delta variant. Studios are putting out far fewer movies than they did before the crisis: Friday-to-Sunday domestic sales for the top 10 films fell 23% from the previous weekend, within the range forecast by Boxoffice Pro.
- “Shang-Chi” is playing only in theaters and won’t be available to streaming customers of Disney+ or for online viewing for another few weeks. Theater executives have lauded this arrangement, and said it contributes to higher ticket sales.
- Cinemas will likely have to wait until Oct. 8 for a major jolt, when the new James Bond film “No Time to Die” from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. hits theaters after multiple delays.
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