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‘Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings’ runs rings around box office competition

AFP . Los Angeles
22 Sep 2021 00:53:09 | Update: 22 Sep 2021 00:53:09
‘Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings’ runs rings around box office competition
(From left) Fala Chen, Benedict Wong, Michelle Yeoh, Simu Liu and Destin Daniel Cretton, who played lead roles in ‘Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings’, at an event for the film – Collected Photo

‘Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings,’ the Disney blockbuster featuring Marvel’s first leading Asian superhero, dominated the North American box office for a third straight week, taking in $21.7 million, figures showed Monday.

The film--starring Chinese-Canadian actor Simu Liu as a former assassin in the shadow of an evil father (Hong Kong legend Tony Leung) -- has so far earned $176.9 million in US and Canadian theaters, industry tracker Exhibitor Relations said.

Sci-fi comedy ‘Free Guy,’ from 20th Century, held steady in second spot with $5.1 million. It stars Ryan Reynolds as an everyman bank teller who discovers he’s actually a non-player character in a huge video game.

Third place went to new entrant ‘Cry Macho,’ the latest gritty drama by the legendary Clint Eastwood, who directs and stars as a retired rodeo rider helping a teenager and his fighting rooster leave Mexico. The Warner Brothers film earned $4.4 million.

In fourth place, for a second week running, was Universal’s slasher film ‘Candyman,’ a reimagining of the classic 1992 film of the same name. It took in $3.5 million this weekend, and so far, has topped $53 million overall in North America.

Another horror movie, ‘Malignant,’ came in fifth with $2.7 million, while comedy/action new entry ‘Copshop’ opened in sixth spot, with $2.3 million.

Rounding out the top 10 were:

‘Jungle Cruise’ ($2.1 million, for a total of $112.6 million)

‘Paw Patrol: The Movie’ ($1.7 million)

‘Don’t Breathe 2’ ($670,000)

‘The Eyes of Tammy Faye’ ($650,000)