By holding onto the #1 spot for the fourth weekend in a row, Marvel’s Shang-Chi has reached a record that only 2 prior MCU movies have achieved.
This weekend at the domestic box office, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings reached another box office milestone that puts it in line with fellow MCU titles Black Panther and Guardians of the Galaxy. Since its release in early September, Shang-Chi has been a box office sensation, something that’s all the more remarkable when considering all the debate that went down over its release. While Disney opted to send previous MCU title Black Widow to streaming on the same day as theaters, Shang-Chi received an exclusive theatrical run amid growing concerns over the Delta variant and rising COVID case numbers.
Nevertheless, Shang-Chi broke the Labor Day record for the biggest opening when it earned $75 million over the first 3 days, then $90 million for the entire holiday weekend. Then, in a time when some big-budget movies dropped hard in their second weekends (F9, Black Widow), the Simu Liu-starring movie continued to hold up week after week. On Saturday, Shang-Chi officially became the highest-grossing movie of 2021, surpassing Black Widow.