Box Office: Shang Chi And The Legend Of The Two Weekends

    Author Tom Linay

The Weekend Box Office Round-up

Shang Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings posted a strong hold on its second weekend, falling 38% to £3.6m. For context, Black Widow, which was available on Disney+, fell 61% on its second weekend. Shang-Chi is now up to £11.9m and it’s looking increasingly likely that it will be the second film, after Peter Rabbit 2, to reach £20m this year. Although No Time To Die (out on 30 September) may get there around the same time.

Free Guy continues to hold up brilliantly, falling just 28% on its fifth weekend to £689k. That takes its total to £14.3m and it has now overtaken The Suicide Squad to be the fourth biggest film of the year so far. With new releases thin on the ground before No Time To Die, it should have a decent couple of weekends yet.

The new releases this week didn’t open as well as hoped but Aretha Franklin biopic, Respect, was the pick of the bunch opening in third with £434k. Comscore’s PostTrak exit polling are reporting that the audience awarded it the full five stars, so hopefully word of mouth will be strong with this title.

Candyman went up against a new horror title this weekend in James Wan’s Malignant, and it came out on top, adding £418k, which was enough for fourth spot. That takes its total after three weekends in cinemas to £3.8m and it has now overtaken The Forever Purge (£3.7m) to become the third biggest horror title since re-opening, behind The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It and A Quiet Place Part II. Malignant opened with a disappointing £409k. While this is a non-franchise horror title, director James Wan has created three of the biggest horror franchises of the 21st century in Saw, Insidious and The Conjuring (and its numerous spin-offs).

Outside of the top five, The Paw Patrol Movie added £324k in sixth, which takes it over the £7m mark and it’s now on £7.3m. Gerard Butler actioner Copshop opened in seventh with £198k, Jungle Cruise is now over £12m, while The Suicide Squad is now over £14m.

Overall the box office was down 28% from last weekend, but that’s no real surprise with Shang Chi launching last weekend.

Next Weekend

Ghost In The Shell – Mamoru Oshii’s classic anime is getting a re-release on a quiet weekend ahead of the release of No Time To Die.

12 Mighty Orphans is a sporting drama starring Luke Wilson as a devoted high school football coach who leads a team of orphans to the state championship during the Great Depression and inspires a broken nation along the way.

Mandibles is the latest film from Quentin Dupieux (Deerskin, Rubber) and is about two friends Jean-Gab and Manu who find a giant fly trapped in the boot of a car, anddecide to train it in the hope of making a ton of cash.

Across The Pond

Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings held on to the top spot in the US this week too, adding $35.8m for a new total of $145.6m. It’s on track to be the biggest film of the summer in the US.  Free Guy added $5.8m in second, which was enough to take it over the $100m mark and it’s now on $101.8m. Malignant opened quietly with $5.8m, which was only a bit more than Candyman in its third weekend, which added $4.8m. It has now grossed $48m. Jungle Cruise completed the top five, adding $2.5m for a new total of $109.9m.