September belongs to Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings as the Marvel release holds down the top spot at the box office for the fourth weekend in a row.
Shang-Chi grossed $13.3 million over the weekend, a slight drop of 39% from the previous weekend. Shang-Chi is officially the highest-grossing film of the year at the domestic box office, with a running total of $196.5 million, and it will become the first film of the pandemic to reach $200 million domestically in a matter of days. Shang-Chi grossed $14 million in 44 international markets, bringing its global total to $363.4 million.
Dear Evan Hansen, which grossed $7.5 million in its first weekend, came in second. Despite a strong start with $800,000 in Thursday night previews, the musical adaptation was unable to maintain its momentum throughout the weekend. Dear Evan Hansen was expected to open in the $10 million range, so its failure to do so is concerning. The good news for Universal is that Dear Evan Hansen only cost $27 million to make, so it won’t be a huge loss, but the bad news is that it’s highly unlikely that the film will come close to matching its budget when it’s all said and done in the United States.
With a gross of $4.1 million, Free Guy is in third place, down only 19% from the previous weekend. Free Guy continues to be one of the summer box office’s highlights, as the film is a huge success for original IP. To date, the Ryan Reynolds-led film has grossed $114.1 million in the United States, and it continues to perform well internationally, with a global total of $317.4 million.
Candyman is currently in fourth place with a $2.5 million gross. That’s a 29 percent drop, and it’s worth noting that, despite being available on PVOD, the film has seen its best box office holds with this weekend’s drop and its drop from last weekend. Candyman has grossed $56.8 million in the United States, bringing its global total to $73 million. All of this was accomplished on a shoestring budget of $25 million.
Cry Macho, with a $2.1 million gross, rounds out the top five. That’s a 52 percent drop, indicating that the target demographic isn’t interested in seeing Clint Eastwood’s latest film. According to Samba TV, Cry Macho’s performance on HBO Max isn’t all that strong, so it’s possible that moviegoers weren’t all that interested in what Eastwood had to offer this time around.
With a gross of $1.7 million, Jungle Cruise is ranked sixth. The film’s box office run is coming to an end, but it only dropped 17% from the previous weekend. The Disney film has a domestic total of $114.8 million, which is solid considering it had a global total of $206.5 million going into this weekend.
Malignant, with a $1.5 million gross, is in seventh place. That’s a 45 percent drop, which is good for the horror genre, but the bad news is that Malignant reportedly cost $40 million to make and only made $12.2 million domestically. I still believe the film will gain cult status in the future, but for now, it must settle for being one of the summer box office losers.
Copshop, with a $1.2 million gross, falls to eighth place. The film dropped 45 percent from last weekend, which isn’t bad, but given the film’s soft opening, the result isn’t all that impressive. Despite positive critical reviews, Copshop has only grossed $4.4 million to date, but I believe it will become a cult classic, similar to Malignant.
Paw Patrol, with a ninth-place finish of $1.1 million, is still in the top ten. Paw Patrol has grossed $38.7 million to date, down 35 percent, and I imagine Paramount is pleased with its box office performance given that it is also available to stream on Paramount+.
Love Story, with a gross of $893,765, rounds out the top ten. The film premiered in 300 theatres and continues to demonstrate how Indian-Telugu-language films are still attracting audiences during the pandemic. According to “Deadline,” the film performed best in New York City, Dallas, San Francisco, Washington, DC, and Atlanta.
Dune grossed $26.3 million in its second weekend in 32 foreign markets, according to box office reports. This is a slight decrease of 32%, bringing the international gross to $76.5 million. The next international release will take place in mid-October, with nine markets, including Japan, launching on October 15.
What are YOUR thoughts on this weekend’s box office results?