‘Shang-Chi’ Ruling Box Office In Third Weekend With $21M
Refresh for more analysis Any doubts about the health of the overall domestic box office continue to wane with Disney/Marvel’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of Ten Rings continuing to reign a top in its third weekend $21M, the second-best third weekend result for a September release after Warner Bros.’ It ($29.75M).
That’s a great -39% hold after a Friday of $5.8M, -40% and the Destin Daniel Cretton directed feature looks to stand by EOD Sunday at $176.1M.
There’s really not a lot to brag about in regards to the rest of newcomers on the chart, many of which are theatrical window releases.
Clint Eastwood’s western Cry Macho is not his best with 53% on Rotten Tomatoes and therefore not his best at the box office with an estimated $1.6M on Friday and $4.7M three-day at 3,967 theaters, and that’s with a theatrical day-and-date and HBO Max release. What would the film’s grosses look like without HBO Max taking eyeballs away? That’s the long-beaten million dollar question of 2021, however, we can’t proclaim that older demos are back in full in theaters during the pandemic, not to mention given the audience reactions here of a B CinemaScore and 73% positive on Screen Engine/PostTrak, we can’t expect the latest from the 91-year old filmmaker and actor to make that much more, even with a theatrical window. Eastwood, I hear, pulled this movie off a year ago with great deftness. Eastwood’s previous pre-pandemic release, The Mule, in which he also starred, earned a 71% on Rotten Tomatoes, an A- CinemaScore and opened to $17.5M in the middle of December 2018 and legged out to $103.8M domestic.
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Of Cry Macho‘s turnout, 79% were over 35, 62% over 45 and 36% over 55. The pic leaned a bit female at 51% with a diversity demos of 66% Caucasian, 14% Latino, 8% Black and 12% Asian/other. Best markets were West, South and Mid-West. All top ten theaters came from West and Southwest.
Open Road’s Gerard Butler feature Cop Shop at 3,005 theaters pulled in $950K, the pic is expected to file $2.475M over three days. The pic has a glowing 80% from critics on RT, but didn’t impress audiences with 62% positive and a 39% recommend on PostTrak.
Searchlight’s The Eyes of Tammy Faye, hot off a great reception at its TIFF premiere, but an even less so result from critics who’ve grilled it at 67% fresh did $250K on Friday and an expected $653K over three days at 450 theaters for a $1,45K theater average which doesn’t scream that older arthouse crowds are back.
Universal had its limited release of Blue Bayou in 477 theaters earning $120K on Friday, $305K for the weekend for a theater average of $639. The movie is 72% fresh on RT. Directed by Justin Chon, the pic follows a Korean-American man raised in the Louisiana bayou, who works hard to make a life for his family. He must confront the ghosts of his past as he discovers that he could be deported from the only country he has ever called home. Chon stars with Alicia Vikander.
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