Box Office: 'Malignant' Is Benign as 'Shang-Chi' Rules in Second Week

The Weekend's Top Three Box Office Winners: "Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings" - $35.8M; "Free Guy" - $5.8M; "Malignant" $5.6M.

Matt Lissauer

By Matt Lissauer

Box Office - Simu Liu in "Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings."

© Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures / © Marvel Studios / Courtesy Everett Collection

It was another super weekend for Marvel's new action hero "Shang-Chi." In its second box office weekend, the superhero movie pulled in $35.8M and handily retained the top spot.

Marvel's "Shang-Chi" is hitting milestone after milestone. Last week it became the fastest pandemic-era movie to reach $100M. Now, in its second week, the superhero actioner claimed the best second-weekend box office performance since 2019's "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker." The movie, a theatrical exclusive, only fell 52%, which is on par with previous pre-pandemic Marvel movies. Looking ahead, there is a good chance "Shang-Chi" could cross the $200M mark – a feat that hasn't been accomplished by any film since the start of the pandemic.

Disney is more than pleased with these results. In a big boost for theater owners, last week the studio confirmed that the rest of their 2021 film slate, which includes Marvel's "Eternals," and 20th Century's "West Side Story," will be exclusive to theaters for as much as 45 days. Even as Paramount shifted their Tom Cruise vehicles to next year, the success of "Shang-Chi" could bode well for upcoming tentpoles, including Sony's "Venom: Let There Be Carnage" and MGM's "No Time to Die."

© Warner Bros. / Courtesy Everett Collection

© Warner Bros. / Courtesy Everett Collection

"Shang-Chi" had little competition this weekend. The only wide release was WB's "Malignant," the latest horror flick from James Wan. This was Wan's return to horror after helming WB's big-budget DCEU entry "Aquaman." The film failed to make a dent in spite of solid reviews. "Malignant" was only able to muster $5.5M. This can partly be blamed on little-to-no marketing, and partly on its day-and-date availability on HBO Max.

On the specialty side, Focus Feature's drama from Paul Schrader, "The Card Counter," opened big for a film of its size. Starring a captivating Oscar Isaac, "The Card Counter" placed 8th with $1.1M, becoming Schrader's biggest opening since 1987's "Light of Day." Also new was Affirm's religious drama "Show Me the Father," which opened in 9th with $700K.

Holdovers rounded out the rest of the box office. Disney/20th Century's "Free Guy" jumped back to the 2nd spot as it claimed an additional $5.8M and crossed the $100M mark.

Up ahead this week are more dramas from WB and Focus Features. Clint Eastwood directs and stars in modern Western "Cry Macho," which also debuts on HBO Max. Focus Features debuts their Cannes selection "Blue Bayou" as a theater-exclusive. Jessica Chastain and Andrew Garfield enter the awards conversation with the biopic "The Eyes of Tammy Faye," another theater exclusive from Searchlight. Also opening wide is Open Road's crime thriller "Copshop," starring Frank Grillo and Gerard Butler.

Box Office Top Ten - Sept. 10-12:

  1. "Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings" (Disney) - $35,786,000 / Overall: $145,601,141
  2. "Free Guy" (20th Century) - $5,819,000 / Overall: $101,839,050
  3. "Malignant" (WB) - $5,570,000 [NEW]
  4. "Candyman" (Universal) - $4,830,000 / Overall: $48,032,280
  5. "Jungle Cruise" (Disney) $2,456,653 / Overall: $109,900,000
  6. "PAW Patrol: The Movie" (Paramount) - $2,215,000 / Overall: $34,619,447
  7. "Don't Breathe 2" (Screen Gems) - $1,150,000 / Overall: $30,243,364
  8. "The Card Counter" (Focus Features) - $1,100,000 [NEW]
  9. "Show Me the Father" (Affirm) - $700,000 [NEW]
  10. "Respect" (MGM) - $503,000 / Overall: $23,100,000

Box office data comes to us from Box Office Mojo.

Matt Lissauer

Matt Lissauer is a writer & data manager for Noovie. When he is not busy writing listicles, Matt is enjoying life in New Jersey with his lovely wife and three kids.

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