Box Office: 'Shang-Chi' Towers Over 'Cry Macho' in Third Week

The weekend's top three box office winners: "Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings" - $21.7M; "Free Guy" - $5.2M; "Cry Macho" $4.5M.

Matt Lissauer

By Matt Lissauer

Box Office - Michelle Yeoh and Simu Liu in "Shang-Chi."

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

It was another marvelous weekend for Marvel's "Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings." The superhero actioner, directed by Destin Daniel Cretton, is the box office champ for the third week in a row. The film took in $21.7M over the weekend, pushing its total domestic haul to $176.9M. This was more than enough for the Marvel movie to reclaim the top box office crown. "Shang-Chi" only posted a 37% drop from the previous week, thereby breaking a record as the best third-week performance by any title in the MCU.

Disney also claimed the #2 spot with their 20th Century release, "Free Guy." The studio now accounts for more than 60% of the box office total and remains the dominant force at the box office. This includes the still-strong "Jungle Cruise," in spite of its at-home availability, and the weekend's soft launch for Searchlight's "The Eyes of Tammy Faye."

© Warner Bros. / Courtesy Everett Collection

© Warner Bros. / Courtesy Everett Collection

While the weekend was glowing for big budget tentpoles, it wasn't all good news for the mid-budget newcomers. Clint Eastwood's "Cry Macho," his 44th film with Warner Bros., placed third with a soft $4.5M. Open Road's thriller "Copshop," starring Gerard Butler and Frank Grillo, placed 6th with a gross of $2.3M. Lastly, Searchlight's "The Eyes of Tammy Faye," which generated strong buzz at Toronto yet received paltry reviews, took in $675K and placed 9th.

The concern here is that while the crowds have come back for big tentpoles, older audiences who usually make up the demo for mid-budget and arthouse releases, have not yet come back in force. This could pose a problem as the summer gives way to the fall, and an awards season that's mainly made up of these kinds of films.

There is a glowing light, however. Overseas, WB's "Dune" posted a very strong opening, pulling in $36.8M from 24 mostly European territories. Warner Bros is confident that "Dune" will be their strongest release of the pandemic era, as they report its international performance is ahead of "Tenet," "Godzilla vs. Kong," and even "Black Widow" at this stage of release, and "Dune" director Denis Villeneuve's previous "Blade Runner 2049." Additionally, "Dune" was given the green light in China, along with MGM's "No Time to Die." Both will be opening October 22 in the Middle Kingdom.

Until then "Shang-Chi" should continue its September dominance. This week's only major outing is Universal's Broadway adaptation "Dear Evan Hansen."

Box Office Top Ten - Sept. 17-19:

  1. "Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings" (Disney) - $21,700,000 / Overall: $176,893,555
  2. "Free Guy" (20th Century) - $5,200,000 / Overall: $108,576,030
  3. "Cry Macho" (WB) - $4,515,000 [NEW]
  4. "Candyman" (Universal) - $3,500,000 / Overall: $53,168,490
  5. "Malignant" (WB) - $2,680,000 / Overall: $9,803,527
  6. "Copshop" (Open Road) - $2,310,000 [NEW]
  7. "Jungle Cruise" (Disney) $2,089,000 / Overall: $112,583,336
  8. "PAW Patrol: The Movie" (Paramount) - $1,750,000 / Overall: $37,143,497
  9. "The Eyes of Tammy Faye" (Searchlight) - $675,000 [NEW]
  10. "Don't Breathe 2" (Screen Gems) - $665,000 / Overall: $31,338,128

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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