Shang-Chi passes Black Widow as highest-grossing film of year

(Shang-Chi is highest- grossing film of year)

Disney/Marvel’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is coming in ahead of industry estimates of $12.8M for its fourth #1 weekend, with $13.3M. Shang-Chi has become the highest-grossing movie at the pandemic domestic Box Office, overtaking Black Widow‘s $186.7M domestic running total with a current $196.5 million. 

Universal’s Dear Evan Hansen opened with an unimpressive $7.5 million at domestic box offices, but placed #2. The film fell short of expectations, which predicted the adaptation would take in $10 million in ticket sales over the course of the weekend.

Dear Evan Hanson is a film adaptation of the Tony and Grammy Award-winning musical about Evan Hansen, a high school senior with Social Anxiety disorder and his journey of self-discovery and acceptance following the suicide of a fellow classmate.

The other four top 10 holdovers, three of which have home VOD availability, held better. Free Guy, which will add Premium VOD on Tuesday, dropped only 19% to #3. Jungle Cruise, which was released day and date on Disney+ Premier Access for $29.99, fell 17%, but moved up to the #6 spot from last week’s #7.  Candyman, available on demand on multiple platforms, dropped down 29%, holding the #4 spot, and PAW Patrol, available on Paramount Plus, dropped 35%, slipping down to the #9 spot. 

Last week’s new releases did a little more poorly. Clint Eastwood’s Cry Macho fell 52% to #5, Open Road’s Copshop fell 45% to #8 from #6, and The Eyes of Tammy Faye slipped right off the top 10 list to #11 in its second weekend. 

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The Hindi romantic drama, Love Story debuted at #10 with an estimated $600,000 in only 265 theaters. Love Story tells the familiar tale about a wealthy Harvard University law student Oliver Barrett IV (Ryan O’Neal) meeting Jenny Cavilleri (Ali MacGraw), a middle-class girl who is studying music at Radcliffe College. It’s love at first sight. Despite the protests of Oliver’s father (Ray Milland), the young couple marry. Oliver finds a job at a legal firm in New York City, but their happy life comes crashing down when it’s discovered that Jenny has a terminal illness. 

The Top 10

1. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (Disney) Week 4; Last weekend #1

$13,285,000 (-39%) in 3,952 theaters (-118); PTA: $3,362; Cumulative: $196,459,000

2. Dear Evan Hansen (Universal) NEW – Cinemascore: A-; Metacritic: 39; Est. budget: $28 million

$7,500,000 in 3,364 theaters; PTA: $2,241; Cumulative: $7,500,000

3. Free Guy (Disney) Week 7; Last weekend #2

$4,129,000 (-19%) in 3,175 theaters (-113); PTA: $1,300; Cumulative: $114,139,000

4. Candyman (Universal) Week 5; Last weekend #4; also on Premium VOD

$2,500,000 (-29%) in 2,556 theaters (-264); PTA: $982; Cumulative: $56,800,000

5. Cry Macho (Warner Bros.) Week 2; Last weekend #3; also on HBO Max

$2,115,000 (-52%) in 4,022 theaters (+55); PTA: $526; Cumulative: $8,343,000

6. Jungle Cruise (Disney) Week 9; Last weekend #7; also on Premium VOD

$1,722,000 (-17%) in 2,065 theaters (-200); PTA: $834; Cumulative: $114,891,000

7. Malignant (Warner Bros.) Week 3; Last weekend #5; also on HBO Max

$1,500,000 (-45%) in 2,534 theaters (-967); PTA: $592; Cumulative: $12,264,000

8. Copshop (Open Road) Week 2; Last weekend #6

$1,265,000 (-45%) in 3,005 theaters (no change); PTA: $421; Cumulative: $4,490,000

9. PAW Patrol (Paramount) Week 6; Last weekend #8; also on Paramount Plus

$1,120,000 (-35%) in 1,995 theaters (-274); PTA: $561; Cumulative: $38,761,000

10. Love Story (Sony) NEW

$(est.) 800,000 in 300 theaters; PTA: $2,667; Cumulative: $(est.) 800,000

This past weekend’s domestic box office was at its lowest in four months and 41 percent of the same weekend in 2019. (For what it’s worth, that particular weekend was the weakest for September-December.), however that should change with Venom: Let There Be Carnage, Dune, and No Time To Die opening in the coming weeks.


Joia DaVida reports on the entertainment industry in both Chicago and Los Angeles.