Marvel’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings has won its fourth-straight weekend domestic box office with ticket sales of $13.3 million, holding strong against the lackluster debut of Dear Evan Hansen‘s $7.5 million.
As reported by Variety, Dear Evan Hansen – which cost $28 million to produce – was predicted to earn at least $10 million between Friday and Saturday of this weekend, and instead only made $7.5 million. As Variety notes, this is not as tough of a loss as Cats’ $6.5 million debut was, as that musical had a budget of $100 million.
In our review of Dear Evan Hansen, we said that this adaptation of the Broadway hit “offers a moving but jarringly miscast musical about community and mental illness.”
Dear Evan Hansen may have a chance to earn back more of that budget as it is only available in theaters until October 14, unlike others that arrive in theaters and streaming services on the same day.
Shang-Chi, on the other hand, continues its dominance with total domestic ticket sales equalling $196 million. This weekend also saw the film surpass Black Widow’s $183 million domestic box office performance as the highest-grossing movie of the year. However, it’s important to remember that Black Widow was available via Disney+ Premier Access whereas Shang-Chi is only available in theaters until Disney+ Day on November 12.
Globally, with ticket sales amounting to $166.9 million, Shang-Chi has made over $363 million since it was released in theaters on September 3.
Free Guy took third place with $4.1 million, Candyman earned the #4 spot with $2.5 million, and Clint Eastwood’s Cry Macho rounded out the top five with $2.1 million in ticket sales.
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