Weekend Box Office Report: September 10 – September 12, 2021

The weekend box office report is provided by Daniel Garris, courtesy of BoxOfficeReport.com.

Weekend Estimates Update:

Disney’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings took in an estimated $35.79 million this weekend to easily lead the weekend box office for a second consecutive frame. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings also easily registered the largest second weekend gross since the re-opening of domestic theatres, as the film’s second weekend gross was an impressive 38.5 percent ahead of the $25.85 million second weekend gross of fellow MCU film Black Widow (which previously held the mark for the largest second weekend gross since re-opening). Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings was down 52.5 percent from last weekend’s three-day opening, which is a very respectable second weekend hold for a high-profile comic book adaptation, especially since last weekend’s performance had the added benefit of Labor Day weekend. Good critical reviews, strong word of mouth, continuing to play exclusively in theatres and the film holding onto a high percentage of its showtimes from last weekend all contributed to this weekend’s hold for Shang-Chi.

The ten-day start for Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings stands at an estimated $145.60 million. That is an impressive 10.6 percent ahead of the $145.60 million ten-day gross of Black Widow and already ranks Shang-Chi as the fourth highest grossing film domestically since re-opening (behind only Black WidowF9 and A Quiet Place Part II). Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings should continue to further stabilize next weekend, especially with not much expected from next weekend’s new wide releases at the box office.

Internationally, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings held up very nicely this weekend to take in an estimated $35.2 million from 42 markets. For the three-day weekend itself, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings was down only 32 percent from last weekend, which according to Disney is the best second weekend hold ever for a MCU film in the combined territories in question. Respective totals for Shang-Chi through Sunday stand at $112.0 million internationally and at $257.6 million globally. Current totals by market for Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings include $16.4 million in the United Kingdom, $10.7 million in South Korea, $7.5 million in France, $6.1 million in Russia, $5.5 million in Japan, $5.1 million in Hong Kong, $5.0 million in Germany, $4.6 million in Brazil, $4.4 million in Mexico, $4.0 million in Spain, $3.2 million in Italy and $3.2 million in Singapore. Next weekend Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings will open in New Zealand.

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings grossed $5.3 million from global IMAX screens this weekend, with $2.6 million coming from domestic IMAX screens and $2.7 million coming from international IMAX screens. Through Sunday, estimated IMAX totals for Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings stand at $12.4 million domestically and $8.6 million internationally for a global IMAX total of $21.0 million.

Due in part to the softer than expected start of Warner’s Malignant (more on that in a bit), Disney and 20th Century’s Free Guy was able to move up one spot from last weekend to claim second place with an estimated $5.82 million. Free Guy continues to hold up very nicely as the film was down 34.5 percent from last weekend’s three-day gross. In the process, Free Guy surpassed the $100 million domestic mark this weekend. Free Guy is the seventh film to reach the $100 million domestic milestone since the re-opening of theatres; with four of the seven films having been released by Disney. The 31-day total for Free Guy stands at $101.84 million, which already gives the film a current total gross to opening weekend ratio of 3.59 to 1. Look for Free Guy to hold up well once again next weekend.

Free Guy also remained strong internationally this weekend with an estimated $17.3 million from 47 markets. Internationally, Free Guy was down just 32 percent from the previous weekend. Respective estimated totals for Free Guy through Sunday stand at $174.7 million internationally and $276.5 million globally. Free Guy continues to remain strong in China, where the film has now grossed $76.3 million. Additional estimated totals by market for Free Guy through Sunday include $19.7 million in the United Kingdom, $10.4 million in Russia, $5.1 million in France, $4.4 million in Saudi Arabia, $4.4 million in Germany, $4.3 million in Japan, $3.8 million in Australia, $3.1 million in Spain and $3.1 million in Mexico.

As mentioned, Warner and New Line’s Malignant was off to an even softer than expected start this weekend with an estimated third place take of $5.57 million. That represented one of this year’s lower openings for a horror film launched in wide release. Director James Wan is usually very dependable at the box office, but audiences ultimately just weren’t very interested in Malignant. Any potential Malignant may have once had was no doubt limited by the break-out performance of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings and to a lesser extent by the solid performance of fellow horror film Candyman. Opening day-and-date via streaming on HBO Max doesn’t look to have done Malignant any favors at the theatrical box office either. Somewhat surprisingly (given how late the embargo for them was lifted), critical reviews for Malignant have actually been quite solid, with the film seemingly already becoming a cult classic in the eyes of some. Malignant doesn’t look to be going over as well with audiences as it has with critics after receiving a modest C rating on CinemaScore, though at the same time Malignant held up quite nicely on Saturday (likely due in part to the relatively high level of online chatter surrounding the film and in part to the film not having had Thursday night preview shows).

Internationally, Malignant grossed an estimated $6.3 million this weekend from 69 markets. Respective estimated totals for Malignant through Sunday stand at $9.5 million internationally and at $15.1 million globally. Estimated totals by market for Malignant through Sunday include $1.4 million in Spain, $0.95 million in Russia, $0.93 million in France, $0.57 million in the United Kingdom, $0.51 million in Mexico, $0.42 million in Italy, $0.39 million in Saudi Arabia, $0.32 million in Brazil and $0.31 million in India. This coming Wednesday (September 15), Malignant will open in South Korea.

Universal and MGM’s Candyman was down two spots and a sizable 53.1 percent from last weekend to land in fourth place this weekend with an estimated $4.83 million. Candyman is quickly approaching the $50 million domestic mark with an estimated 17-day total of $48.03 million. This weekend saw Candyman surpass fellow Universal releases The Forever Purge and Old to become the third highest grossing 2021 horror film to date domestically (behind only The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It and A Quiet Place Part II). Candyman hasn’t been as impressive internationally, where the film grossed an estimated $1.3 million this weekend from 53 markets. That brings the film’s international total to $13.6 million and current global haul to $61.6 million. Candyman does continue to perform well in the United Kingdom, where the film has grossed $5.21 million to date after taking in an estimated $0.61 million in the market this weekend.

Estimated grosses for some of this weekend’s other holdovers include a fifth place take of $2.45 million for Disney’s Jungle Cruise, a $2.22 million sixth place gross for Paramount’s PAW Patrol: The Movie and a seventh place haul of $1.15 million for Sony’s Don’t Breathe 2Jungle Cruise was down a solid 39.0 percent from last weekend’s three-day frame, PAW Patrol: The Movie declined a respectable 44.7 percent and Don’t Breathe 2 fell a sizable 50.0 percent. Respective total grosses stand at $109.89 million for Jungle Cruise through 45 days, at $34.62 million for PAW Patrol: The Movie through 24 days and at $30.24 million for Don’t Breathe 2 through 31 days. This weekend also saw Jungle Cruise surpass the $200 million global mark (the film has grossed $201.7 million to date globally).

In other box office news, Focus’ The Card Counter and Sony’s Show Me the Father were both off to modest starts this weekend. However, with an estimated $1.10 million eighth place debut from just 580 locations (for a respectable per-location average of $1,897); the Paul Schrader directed The Card Counter was easily the more impressive of the two films this weekend. Show Me the Father, a faith-based documentary that featured and was executive produced by the usually dependable Kendrick Brothers, had to settle for ninth place with a less than expected estimated start of just $0.70 million from 1,073 locations (for a soft per-location average of $652). The Card Counter (which stars Oscar Isaac, Tiffany Haddish, Tye Sheridan, and Willem Dafoe) has gone over well with critics, but doesn’t look to be going over as well with initial audiences, while Show Me the Father did receive an exceptional A+ rating on CinemaScore from its target audience.

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