Marvel Studios’ Shang-Chi and the Legend of Ten Rings has claimed the top box office slot in the U.S. with over $90 million in ticket sales over the holiday weekend.
According to Box Office Mojo, the film played in 4,300 theaters nationwide, and Deadline reports eight of the top ten theaters for Shang-Chi came out of New York and Los Angeles, with only the AMC San Francisco Metreon and AMC Disney Orlando (I watched it here!) cracking that list.
Sources also say the film hit #1 with the biggest three-day opening weekend during the pandemic era in the UK ($7.7M).
On IMAX screens, Shang-Chi grossed $13.2M worldwide. This sets a global Labor Day weekend opening record.
Comscore reports the total Labor Day weekend box office in the U.S. at $134.55M, which is 10% above the 2019 Labor Day holiday weekend.
Representation on screen matters, and in the U.S., Gold Open, a nonprofit collective of Asian & Pacific Islanders, launched #GoldOpen events in Los Angeles and New York City, to further bolster support for the the first Asian American Marvel superhero film.
The movie also benefited from great word-of-mouth and critic reviews. It currently holds a 92% Rotten Tomatoes critic rating and a 98% audience score.
Directed by Destin Daniel, Shang-Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings follows Simi Liu as Shang-Chi, who must confront the past he thought he left behind when he is drawn into the web of the mysterious Ten Rings organization.
The film also stars Tony Leung as Wenwu, Awkwafina as Shang-Chi’s friend Katy, and Michelle Yeoh as Jiang Nan, as well as Fala Chen, Meng’er Zhang, Florian Munteanu and Ronny Chieng.
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If you haven’t, here is the official trailer for the movie: