‘Shang-Chi’ overtakes ‘Black Widow’ as best U.S. box office movie of 2021


Marvel Studios’ “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” took top spot at the box office for all four weekends in September, adding around $ 12.7 million this weekend as it overtakes ” Black Widow “to become the highest grossing film at the domestic box office this year.

The last film to win Four Weekends No. 1 was “Godzilla vs. Kong” in April, although “Shang-Chi” far exceeded that film’s $ 100 million nationwide release with an estimated 194 million. of dollars. Not to mention the pandemic period where movies like “The Croods: A New Age” could easily hold on to No. 1 with less than $ 10 million in a weekend, the last movie to win four No. 1 was ” Black Panther “in February 2018.

Universal’s “Dear Evan Hansen” was supposed to have a shot at taking No. 1, but fell short of expectations with $ 3.2 million in gross revenue on 3,364 screens on Friday and an estimated opening of 7.3 million dollars, barely more than the opening of $ 6.6 million for Universal’s infamous “Cats” musical bombshell. “Dear Evan Hansen” won’t be a similar disaster as it was made on a much lower budget, but faces low reviews with a 32% review score on Rotten Tomatoes.

The only good news for the musical adaptation of Pasek & Paul is that it enjoys a very good audience reception with an A- on CinemaScore and an audience score of 93% on Rotten Tomatoes. But that doesn’t guarantee the film will have legs as “In The Heights” received a similar reception from audiences as well as rave reviews earlier this summer and has consistently failed at the box office, dropping 72% in its second. weekend. “Dear Evan Hansen” will likely meet the same fate with mainstream audiences, as “Venom: Let There Be Carnage” and “No Time to Die” are set to hit theaters over the next two weekends.

In third this weekend is the 20th Century’s “Free Guy” with $ 4 million for his seventh weekend, giving him a total of $ 114 million. Universal / MGM’s’ Candyman ‘is fourth with $ 2.46 million for its fifth weekend and a total of $ 56.8 million, and Warner Bros.’ “Cry Macho” is No. 5 with $ 2 million in its second weekend and a total of $ 8.2 million.


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