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Marvel flick has chops to stay No. 1 at theaters

Greg W. Locke

Greg W. Locke

Whatzup Features Writer

Published September 22, 2021

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings took the No. 1 spot at the domestic box office for a fourth consecutive weekend. It sold another $21.7 million, upping the film’s 24-day worldwide sales total to a solid $321 million.

Wow, I thought Shang-Chi would do well, but am happy to see it far outsell what I had expected. I’m still not a Marvel fan in any way, shape, or form, but I’m happy to see this particular superhero film do well. Lots of incredible folks involved with this one.

Free Guy took the No. 2 spot over its sixth weekend of release. It sold another $5.2 million, bringing the film’s U.S. sales total to just over $108 million. This film has done extremely well overseas, selling just under $200 million so far in foreign markets. Another big win for Ryan Reynolds, I guess.

Clint Eastwood’s latest release, Cry Macho, opened at the No. 3 spot at the domestic box office, selling a sad $4.5 million. Oof. Reviews haven’t been great, either. I think the studio thought that if Eastwood wore a cowboy hat on a movie poster people would show up. Nope. All that being said, I watch all of Eastwood’s movies eventually and will certainly see this some lazy Sunday afternoon. It’ll probably be much better than expected.

Candyman took the No. 4 spot at the box over its fourth weekend. It sold another $3.5 million, bringing the flick’s sales total to just under $67 million worldwide.

Finally, Malignant rounds out the Top 5 with $2.7 million in sales. Not bad but not great. The film is getting some good word-of-mouth at the moment and could likely hang around the Top 5 for a while.

Also of note, IFC’s new film, The Nowhere Inn, a mockumentary about and starring St. Vincent, sold $20,000 in sales over its first three days of release. Not big money, obviously, but it feels worth mentioning that the most interesting pop star in the world right now has a film out.

The big release this weekend is Stephen Chbosky’s film adaptation of Dear Evan Hansen, starring Ben Platt, Julianne Moore, and Amy Adams. That’s the only major release this weekend, which makes me think the studios expect it to do very well. I’m not saying the film won’t do well, but I am saying that it has a weak trailer. The musical was hugely popular and people love Ben Platt, so I suppose this one will do well.

This weekend will also see a super limited re-release of Jean Luc-Godard’s Breathless, most likely because Jean Paul Belmondo passed away recently.

As far as what’s still on screens in theaters at the moment, I’d recommend The Card Counter, Candyman, and The Nowhere Inn.

The Prestige Season is right around the corner and I could not be more excited. PT Anderson’s new film Licorice Pizza (formerly known as Soggy Bottom) has a trailer that’s been popping up in theaters around Los Angeles and nowhere else. I like that.

Here are the flicks to look forward to over the coming weeks: The Many Saints of Newark (Oct. 1); Lamb and No Time to Die (Oct. 8); Halloween Kills and The Last Duel (Oct. 15); The French Dispatch and Dune (Oct. 22); Last Night in Soho, Antlers, and A Mouthful of Air (Oct. 29); Belfast (Nov. 12); Ghostbusters: Afterlife and King Richard (Nov. 19); A Journal for Jordan and West Side Story (Dec. 10); Nightmare Alley and, I guess, Spider-Man: No Way Home (Dec. 17); The Matrix Resurrections, The King’s Man, and Sing 2 (Dec. 22); and Parallel Mothers (Dec. 24).

There are many others that still don’t have dates locked down. Stay tuned for more on the always wonderful winter movie release season.


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