Marvel Studios released its latest film, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, on September 3, 2021. Despite being the 25th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it appears that audiences can’t get enough of superheroes.
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings has earned $71.4 million at the domestic box office since its debut on Friday. According to estimates provided by Deadline and Variety, that figure is expected to grow to $83.5 million by the end of the Labor Day weekend, with worldwide earnings reaching $139.7 million.
The numbers are not only positive but surprising, as initial estimates had Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings earning between $45 million to $50 million in its opening weekend. Its three-day figure happens to be the second best of the pandemic era, trailing only Black Widow, which debuted to $80.3 million back in July.
Directed by Destin Daniel Cretton, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings serves as an origin story for the titular Chinese superhero. Shang-Chi is a master of the martial arts who must confront his villainous father and leader of the Ten Rings organization, The Mandarin, who’s portrayed by veteran Hong Kong actor Tony Leung in the film.
Unlike Black Widow, Shang-Chi was showing exclusively in theaters. Black Widow opted for a hybrid release and debuted on Disney Plus, where it was available to rent for $30, at the same time it opened in theaters, something that may have caused ticket sales to crater in subsequent weeks of release.