It looks like Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings will avoid the same box office collapse the Black Widow suffered in its second weekend at the box office. After setting new records over Labor Day weekend, Shang-Chi is headed towards a second frame total of $31 million after taking in $9.7 million on its second Friday in movie theaters. The strength of Shang-Chi's Labor Day weekend opening seems to have inspired Disney to commit to debuting its remaining theatrical releases exclusively in theaters for the rest of the year, including Marvel Studios' Eternals.
Shang-Chi has benefitted from a strong critical reception and a largely positive fan reaction. ComicBook.com's Jamie Jirak gave the film a 4.5-out-of-5 review:
"Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is one of the Marvel Cinematic Universe's best origin stories to date, filled with stunningly choreographed action, unexpected laughs, and a whole lot of heart," she writes. "Even if you're unfamiliar with the Shang-Chi comics, this film is worth seeing on the big screen. And be sure to stick around for both the mid-credits and post-credits scenes, which are guaranteed to please any Marvel fan. With the addition of Simu Liu, Awkwafina, and Meng'er Zhang, the future of the MCU is looking bright."
Also on this week's chart, James Wan's latest horror film, Malignant, opens in second place. Free Guy, Candyman, and Jungle Cruise round out this week's top five films. Keep reading to see the full list of this week's biggest box office film.s
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1. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
- Week Two
- Weekend: $31.8 million
- Total: $141.6 million
Martial-arts master Shang-Chi confronts the past he thought he left behind when he's drawn into the web of the mysterious Ten Rings organization.
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is directed by Destin Daniel Cretton from a screenplay he co-wrote with Dave Callaham and Andrew Lanham, based on a story by Cretton and Callaham. The film stars Simu Liu, Awkwafina, Meng'er Zhang, Fala Chen, Florian Munteanu, Benedict Wong, Michelle Yeoh, Ben Kingsley, and Tony Leung.prevnext
- Opening Weekend
- Total: $5.5 Million
Paralyzed by fear from shocking visions, a woman's torment worsens as she discovers her waking dreams are terrifying realities.
Malignant is directed by James Wan from a screenplay by Akela Cooper and an original story by Wan, Cooper, and Ingrid Bisu. The film stars Annabelle Wallis, Maddie Hasson, George Young, and Michole Briana White.prevnext
3. Free Guy
- Week Four
- Weekend: $5.2 million
- Total: $101.2 million
When a bank teller discovers he's actually a background player in an open-world video game, he decides to become the hero of his own story -- one that he can rewrite himself. In a world where there's no limits, he's determined to save the day his way before it's too late, and maybe find a little romance with the coder who conceived him.
Free Guy is direct by Shawn Levy and written by Matt Lieberman and Zak Penn. It stars Ryan Reynolds, Taika Waititi, Jodie Comer, Lil Rel Howery, Utkarsh Ambudkar, and Joe Keery.prevnext
- Week Three
- Weekend: $4.25 million
- Total: $47.4 million
In present day, a decade after the last of the Cabrini towers were torn down, Anthony and his partner move into a loft in the now gentrified Cabrini. A chance encounter with an old-timer exposes Anthony to the true story behind Candyman. Anxious to use these macabre details in his studio as fresh grist for paintings, he unknowingly opens a door to a complex past that unravels his own sanity and unleashes a terrifying wave of violence.
Candyman is directed by Nia DaCosta from a screenplay she co-wrote with Jordan Peele and Win Rosenfeld. The film stars Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Teyonah Parris, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Colman Domingo. Vanessa Williams, Tony Todd, and Virginia Madsen.prevnext
5. Jungle Cruise
- Week Seven
- Weekend: $2.2 million
- Total: $109.6 million
Dr. Lily Houghton enlists the aid of wisecracking skipper Frank Wolff to take her down the Amazon in his ramshackle boat. Together, they search for an ancient tree that holds the power to heal -- a discovery that will change the future of medicine.
Jungle Cruise, based on the Disney Parks attraction, is directed by Jaume Collet-Serra from Glenn Ficarra, John Requa, and Michael Green's screenplay. The film stars Dwayne Johnson, Emily Blunt, Jack Whitehall, Jesse Plemons, and Paul Giamatti.prevnext
6. Paw Patrol: The Movie
- Week Four
- Weekend: $1.87 million
- Total: $34.2 million
When their biggest rival, Humdinger, starts wreaking havoc as the mayor of Adventure City, Ryder and everyone's favorite heroic pups kick into high gear to face the challenge. Armed with exciting new gadgets and gear, the PAW Patrol joins forces with a savvy dachshund to save the citizens of Adventure City.
Paw Patrol: The Movie is directed by Cal Brunker, and written by Billy Frolick, Brunker, and Bob Barlen. The film's voice cast includes Kingsley Marshall, Keegan Hedley, Shayle Simons, Lilly Bartlam, Ron Pardo, Iain Armitage, Marsai Martin, Yara Shahidi, Kim Kardashian, Randall Park, Dax Shepard, Tyler Perry, Jimmy Kimmel, and Will Brisbin.prevnext
7. The Card Counter
- Opening Weekend
- Total: $1.05 million
William Tell is a gambler and former serviceman who sets out to reform a young man seeking revenge on a mutual enemy from their past. Tell just wants to play cards. His spartan existence on the casino trail is shattered when he is approached by Cirk, a vulnerable and angry young man seeking help to execute his plan for revenge on a military colonel. Tell sees a chance at redemption through his relationship with Cirk.
The Card Counter is written and directed by Paul Schrader. The film stars Oscar Isaac, Tiffany Haddish, Tye Sheridan, and Willem Dafoe.prevnext
8. Don't Breathe 2
- Week Four
- Weekend: $1.02 million
- Total: $30.1 million
A blind veteran must use his military training to save a young orphan from a group of thugs who break into his home.
Don't Breathe 2 is directed by Rodo Sayagues, from a screenplay by Fede Álvarez. The film stars Stephen Lang, Brendan Sexton III, and Madelyn Grace.prevnext
9. Show Me the Father
- Opening Weekend
- Total: $750,000
Everyone has a unique father story. Whether positive or painful, it's always personal and can deeply affect the core of our identity and direction of our lives. Kendrick Brothers' Show Me the Father is the first documentary film from the creators of War Room, Overcomer, Fireproof, and Courageous Legacy. Featuring a variety of amazing true stories, this captivating movie takes audiences of all ages on an inspiring and emotional cinematic journey. Providing a fresh perspective on the roles of fathers in today's society, Show Me the Father invites you to think differently about how you view your earthly father, and how you personally relate to God.
Show Me the Father is directed by Rick Altizer. It features Dr. Tony Evans, Jim Daly, Sherman Smith, Stephen Kendrick, Alex Kendrick, and Deland McCullough.prevnext
10. After We Fell0comments
- Opening Weekend
- Total: $618,000
As Tessa makes a life-changing decision, revelations about her family and Hardin's past threaten to derail her plans and end the couple's intense relationship.
After We Fell is directed by Castille Landon. The film is based on the novel by Anna Todd and is the sequel to 2020's After We Collided. It stars Josephine Langford and Hero Fiennes Tiffin.prev