Before the pandemic – and even before the summer – it seemed impossible, but it only took 23 days for Shang-Chi defeat Black Widow as the most successful film at the US box office – although it is still missing for the global one – in the 18 months of Era-COVID. Shang-Chi and the legend of the 10 rings He dominated the box office in the US for the 4th week, and with that he achieved several marks:

  • The first: on Friday he beat Black Widow and it became the highest grossing film of the COVID-Era.
  • The second, which is just the 3rd of 25 MCU films to dominate the box office for the 4th week in a row. The other two are Black Panther and Guardians of the Galaxy.
  • The third, which is only the 2nd movie in 2021 (behind The Croods 2) that dominates the box office for a month.

Shang-Chi He added $ 13.3 million this week and took his accumulated to $ 186.7 million, and everything seems to indicate that his final collection will be around $ 220-240 million.

In 44 international markets, it added $ 14.0 million (debuted in Indonesia in 1st place, with $ 1.2 million) staying at the top in countries such as Australia, Brazil, Mexico and the United Kingdom. It took its accumulated overseas to $ 167 million ($ 363.4 million global), and its top markets are the United Kingdom ($ 25.3), South Korea ($ 14.6), France ($ 10.5), Russia ($ 8.3), Japan ($ 8.0), Germany ($ 7.8) , Hong Kong ($ 7.6) and Brazil ($ 6.5).


Denis Villeneuve’s acclaimed film continues with its prodigious commercial run in 32 overseas markets, losing just 32% (the usual for a blockbuster of the genre is 50%). His $ 26.3 million raised this week contributed to a pretty solid figure: $ 76.5 million in just 15 days (of which $ 8.2 million came from IMAX screens, that is, 12%), and his numbers remain 12% above Tenet, 49% above Black Widow, 64% above Shang Chi, and 73% above Blade Runner 2049. At this rate, it will comfortably become one of the 10 highest grossing films of 2021 globally, with a gross of more than $ 400 million.

This week Saudi Arabia ($ 0.96 million) was added, and it remained in 1st place in almost all the ‘major’ territories. To date, its top territories are Russia ($ 15.0), France ($ 13.4), Germany ($ 10.2), Italy ($ 5.1), Spain ($ 4.9), the Netherlands ($ 2.9) and Taiwan (2.9).

Its next major release dates are October 15 (Japan), October 20 (UK, South Korea) and October 22 (China, US and HBO Max). Why within 20 days? Because on September 29, the long-overdue and highly anticipated will begin its tour of the halls of the world No time to die, and in some markets it will also be available Venom: Let There Be Carnage.

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Free Guy

This weekend it became the 5th Hollywood movie of 2021 (the 6th of the Covid-Era, as it adds Tenet) that exceeds $ 300 million globally. Today it adds up to $ 317.4 million.

In its 7th week in the US, it only lost 20% in collection, added $ 4.1 million and brought its accumulated to $ 114.1 million. In 48 markets it added $ 5.1 million, for $ 203.3 million overseas. Its best territory is China, with $ 94.8 million and the 3rd best result of a Hollywood film in pandemic, behind Fast9 and Godzilla vs Kong. Other good numbers come from the UK ($ 22.2), Russia ($ 11.0), France ($ 5.3) and Saudi Arabia ($ 5.0).

Dear Evan Hensen

After receiving mixed reviews at the Toronto International Film Festival, the musical reached 3,364 theaters in the US, with disappointing numbers: $ 7.5 million (2nd place) and a window of opening in theaters of just 17 days before reaching streaming. With that start, we see it difficult for him to approach the other musical disappointment of the summer: In the neighborhood and its $ 29.8 million in the US.

In his defense, it was an inexpensive musical (it cost $ 27 million, versus $ 90 that cost, say, Cats) and the public evaluated it well, as it obtained an A- in CinemaScore. 62% of its tickets were bought by women, and 54% of its viewers were people between the ages of 18 and 34.

The Eyes of Tammy Faye.

Although Jessica Chastian won the (ex-Achaean) award for best performance in San Sebastian, and although it grew to 902 cinemas and reached 1,352 in the US, its box office contracted 3%, taking its accumulated to just $ 1.5 million in 10 days. The film was received with a B + in CinemaScore and 65% of its viewers were women. By age, 81% of their tickets were bought by people over 25 years of age.

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Other films in international markets

  • candy man. The late sequel adds up to $ 56.8 million after its first month in theaters in the US. By adding its $ 16.2 million from overseas markets, it advances to $ 76.0 million globally.
  • Cry Macho. This century, no Clint Eastwood movie had made less than $ 15 million globally. This will have that anti-record, since it adds $ 8.3 million in the US and $ 0.8 million in 57 overseas markets.
  • Evil one. In the US, it barely adds up to $ 12.3 million in its 3rd week. In 72 overseas markets it adds $ 17.4 million, for a global total of $ 29.6 million.
  • Paw Patrol. After 6 weeks in theaters in the US, it adds $ 38.7 million. In overseas markets it has already reached $ 72.8 million, for a global total of $ 111.5 million.
  • Love Story. Sekhar Kammula’s Indian romantic drama (in Telugu) debuted in just 300 theaters in the US, and managed to sneak into the top 10, with $ 0.79 million.

Top 10. Global box office
Weekend 39. From September 24 to 26, 2021

  • 1 Shang-Chi and the legend of the Ten Rings $ 27,285,000 (45)
  • 2 Dune $26,300,000 (32)
  • 3 Cloudy Mountain $10,556,000 (1)*
  • 4 Free Guy: Losing Control $ 9,229,000 (49)
  • 5 Dear Evan Hansen $7,500,000 (2)
  • 6 Paw Patrol: The Movie $ 5,420,000 (56)
  • 7 All About My Mother $4,221,000 (1)
  • 8 Candy Man $3,330,000 (57)
  • 9 Malignant $2,700,000 (72)
  • 10 Cry Macho $2,529,000 (19)


* Production that already adds $ 58.2 million in China, in 3 weekends.

** Chinese family drama that adds up to $ 18.8 million in 10 days in theaters.

Edgar Apanco Fan-from-hell of cinema numbers. He was editor of business magazines (no, that’s not where his love for numbers comes from). Today he is an expert in box office reports and content marketing (happy marketing … #OkNo).

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