Box Office: 'Shang-Chi' Rules September; 'Dear Evan Hansen' Falls Flat

The Weekend's Top Three Box Office Winners: "Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings" - $13.3M; "Dear Evan Hansen" - $7.5M; "Free Guy" - $4.1M.

Matt Lissauer

By Matt Lissauer

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

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

It's official. This week, Marvel's "Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings" will become the first movie since "Bad Boys for Life" in 2020 to pass $200M. It's been a month of milestones for the superhero actioner, the 25th Marvel movie, and the first with an all-Asian cast. "Shang-Chi" handily took September by storm, and this weekend it claimed its fourth straight week at number one. Its total haul at $196.5M puts "Shang-Chi" past fellow Marvel film "Black Widow," which topped out at $183M, thus making it the highest-grossing movie of the year.

"Shang-Chi's" September dominance is no major shock, as the Marvel movie had little competition all month. That said, with "Shang-Chi" in its fourth week, analysts projected Universal's Broadway adaptation "Dear Evan Hansen" would put up a fight. Instead, the musical fell short of expectations, claiming only $7.5M, enough to secure the second slot at the box office. In a reversal of WB's summer musical "In the Heights," "Dear Evan Hansen" faced bad reviews from critics, while audiences that did turn out gave it an "A-" CinemaScore.

© Universal Pictures / Courtesy Everett Collection

© Universal Pictures / Courtesy Everett Collection

Disney/20th Century's "Free Guy," now in its seventh week, took the third slot with $4.1M. The action-comedy starring Ryan Reynolds now stands at $114M. It's been an impressive run for "Free Guy," an original story not connected to any existing franchise. The film launches this week on PVOD, and a sequel is already in the works.

Universal's horror reboot "Candyman" and WB's modern western "Cry Macho" round out the top five. "Candyman" scared up $2.5M, while Clint Eastwood's "Cry Macho" lassoed $2.1M. Both films are now available on-demand, with "Candyman" on PVOD and "Cry Macho" on HBO Max.

With September in the books, all eyes are on October. The month, typically known for horror films and awards contenders, is now stacked with three big tentpoles. First up is Sony's "Venom: Let There Be Carnage," which launches this weekend against WB's "Sopranos" prequel film "The Many Saints of Newark" and MGM's hybrid release "Addams Family 2." The following week, MGM will also release their 25th official James Bond outing, "No Time to Die," on October 8th. WB's "Dune," which is already claiming an international haul of $76M, will open thereafter on October 22nd.

Box Office Top Ten - Sept. 24-26:

  1. "Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings" (Disney) - $13,285,000 / Overall: $196,459,084
  2. "Dear Evan Hansen" (Universal) - $7,500,000 [NEW]
  3. "Free Guy" (20th Century) - $4,129,000 / Overall: $114,139,071
  4. "Candyman" (Universal) - $2,510,000 / Overall: $56,841,910
  5. "Cry Macho" (WB) - $2,115,000 / Overall: $8,342,538
  6. "Jungle Cruise" (Disney) $1,722,000 / Overall: $114,890,736
  7. "Malignant" (WB) - $1,500,000 / Overall: $12,263,503
  8. "Copshop" (Open Road) - $1,265,000 / Overall: $4,491,996
  9. "PAW Patrol: The Movie" (Paramount) - $1,120,000 / Overall: $38,760,919
  10. "Love Story (2021)" (Sony) - $971,000 [NEW]

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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