‘Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings’ three-peats at #1 with $21 million weekend


Marvel Studios’ Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings continued its box office domination by grabbing another $21 million in theaters — good enough to retain the #1 spot for the third consecutive week. 

To date, the movie, which features a virtually all-Asian cast, has made $176.9 million stateside and $320,593,555 worldwide. What’s more, the movie is poised to overtake another Marvel movie, Black Widow, as the highest-grossing movie of 2021 so far.

Ryan Reynolds‘ Free Guy continued its winning ways. The movie bounced back up to second place in theaters with a $5.2 million take and is teetering on the $300 million earnings mark globally. 

In third place this week was one of two new under-performers: Clint Eastwood‘s latest film, Cry Macho, which opened with $4.5 million. Targeted to an older demographic, the 91-year-old Oscar winner’s latest film is also available on HBO Max, which could have cut into its performance in theaters. 

Another new release couldn’t use streaming as an excuse: the Gerard Butler-led COPSHOP earned just $2.3 million in its debut, placing sixth. 

Rounding out the top five this week are the horror reboot Candyman in fourth place, with $3.5 million, and Warner Bros.’ thriller Malignant, another title available on HBO Max. That film earned a fifth-place finish, with $2.6 million. 

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