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'Shang-Chi' Leads N.America Box Office for 2nd Week

'Shang-Chi' Leads N.America Box Office for 2nd Week

Tuesday, 14 September, 2021 - 06:00
A guest purchases a ticket in front of a box office at AMC movie theatre in Lincoln square. Reuters file photo

Disney's "Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings," featuring Marvel's first leading Asian superhero, reigned supreme atop the North American box office for a second week running, taking in $34.7 million, figures showed Monday.

The film -- which stars Chinese-Canadian actor Simu Liu as a former assassin in the shadow of an evil father (Hong Kong legend Tony Leung) -- has so far earned $144.5 million in US and Canadian theaters, industry tracker Exhibitor Relations said.

Bouncing back up to second place was sci-fi comedy "Free Guy" from 20th Century, at $5.8 million. It stars Ryan Reynolds as an everyman bank teller who discovers he's actually a non-player character in a huge video game.

Third place went to one of the week's new films, horror movie "Malignant," which earned $5.4 million.

Industry analyst David A. Gross, who runs Franchise Entertainment Research, called it a "weak opening for a genre that's held up well during the pandemic."

In fourth place was Universal's slasher film "Candyman," a reimagining of the classic 1992 film of the same name. It took in $4.8 million this past weekend, and so far has earned $48 million overall in North America.

Disney's family adventure film "Jungle Cruise" came in at number five, at $2.3 million.

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