Marvel’s ‘Shang-Chi’ Shatters Glass Ceiling, Smashes Box Office Records

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Simu Liu as Shang-Chi in Marvel Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

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Marvel Studios’ latest movie, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, opened for a 45-day theatrical run on September 3, 2021. The film — which had been estimated to bring in as little as $30 million over Labor Day weekend — smashed all box office predictions.

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Per The New York Post:

..[the film] smashed Labor Day box office records, generating $71.4 million in ticket sales for the holiday weekend…

…“Shang-Chi,” the first Marvel flick with an Asian superhero as the lead, is already getting rave reviews, drawing the second highest box office haul — behind ‘Black Widow’ — for a movie release during the pandemic.

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Black Widow, as Marvel fans know, has garnered its fair share of controversy since it was released both in theaters and on the Disney+ Premier Access tier on July 9, 2021. The simultaneous release led leading lady Scarlett Johansson to sue The Walt Disney Company for $50 million due to an alleged breach of contract.

Litigation is ongoing, and Disney has petitioned for private arbitration.

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As for Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, director Destin Daniel Crettin has indicated that a sequel has seemingly already been greenlit, with many Marvel fans hoping for a storyline involving Danny Rand/Iron Fist, a popular Marvel Comics character who was previously played by Finn Jones in the ill-received 2017 Netflix Iron Fist series.

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At this time, a release date for Shang-Chi 2 has not been announced. The Marvel movie’s star, Simu Liu, has, however, expressed his excitement about being part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe:

“My nerves were sky-high. I was an actor from Toronto, and I really had never allowed myself to imagine being a part of the MCU. I mean, it’s the craziest dream that someone can possibly dream. And, uh, Nora did such a great job of putting me at ease and just, you know, being in the moment with me, and we had such a beautiful chemistry.”

More on Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

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The official description of Shang-Chi reads:

Marvel Studios’ “Shang-Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings” stars Simu Liu as Shang-Chi, who must confront the past he thought he left behind when he is drawn into the web of the mysterious Ten Rings organization. The film also stars Tony Leung as Wenwu, Awkwafina as Shang-Chi’s friend Katy and Michelle Yeoh as Jiang Nan, as well as Fala Chen, Meng’er Zhang, Florian Munteanu and Ronny Chieng.

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What do you think about Marvel’s Shang-Chi‘s domestic box office take so far?

You can stream Black Widow and the three series in Marvel’s Phase 4 so far — Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany’s WandaVision, Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan’s The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, and Tom Hiddleston’s Loki — on Disney+ anytime.

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