Shang-Chi, Marvel’s superhero, at the top of the American box office


The twenty-fifth film in the franchise grossed nearly $ 177 million in North America, despite mixed results in Europe.

He doesn’t let himself be intimidated by Captain america, Hulk or Iron man. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings comfortably sits at the top of the North American box office for the third week in a row. The Disney movie – The Walt Disney Company bought Marvel Studios in 2009 – grossed $ 21.7 million from Friday to Sunday, for a total of $ 176.9 million since its release. Shang-Chi is not far from surpassing his comrade Black widow, ($ 183.2 million), the first major post-covid success when American theaters reopened this summer.

Conversely, in France, the blockbuster does not appeal. For its first week in theaters, Shang-Chi ends at 481,173 entries. Good start, but half as good as Black widow, which, at the same period, was close to 910,000 admissions in July. The new superhero does not really shine internationally.

Ironically, Shang-Chi, Designed to woo Chinese audiences, still has no release date in the country with 60,000 big screens, as Marvel opens its casting for the first time to Asian actors. “It’s touching, because we’ve been waiting for a long time to have an Asian superhero and a film that celebrates not only our culture, but also our human dimension.Chinese American actress Jodi Long told AFP during the screening of the film in Los Angeles.

Since The avengers in 2012, China was the second most popular of all Marvel films, just behind the North American market. Also deprived of broadcasting in the Middle Kingdom, the “Black Widow”, played by Scarlett Johansson, had found success when she saw her spin off posted on the Disney + platform. But this choice had been held responsible for the drop in admissions to the cinema. According to Disney, $ 60 million was generated online in a matter of days. The film has since been retired for good.

Shang-Chi retains first place at the American box office, before handing over to the highly anticipated Dune. Denis Villeneuve’s feature film got off to a flying start in France, with 181,316 admissions as of last Wednesday. The director smashes his own French record, held by Blade Runner 2049 in 2017, which drew 63,881 moviegoers on day one. Americans will, however, have to wait until October 22 before seeing the adaptation of Frank Herbert’s novel on the big screen.

In the Marvel family, Spider-Man: No Way Home is the next superhero-inspired film to be scheduled. Peter Parker, whose identity has been revealed to the general public, has become a wanted fugitive by the government. It was not until December 15 in France to determine the success he would meet.

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