Disney’s opinion to select only the theatrical release for the latest MCU movie Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings appears to have delivered rich dividends at the box office. Headlined by Simu Liu, Shang-Chi is the first MCU movie starring an Asian superhero. According to Forbes, thus far the Destin Daniel Cretton directorial has passed over the $250 million mark at the global box office, which is hugely stunning for a pandemic release.
The movie had earlier opened with a sum of $83.5 million in the domestic (North American) box office and almost $140 million at the worldwide box office. In India, the movie’s cumulative thus far, as per trade analyst Taran Adarsh, is Rs 19.56 crore.
“#ShangChiAndTheLegendOfTheTenRings maintained steady numbers in Weekend 2… Biz grew substantially on [second] Sat and Sun… [Week 2] Fri 1.10 cr, Sat 1.43 cr, Sun 1.75 cr. Total: ₹ 19.56 cr Nett BOC. #India biz. All versions… #ShangChi ₹ 23.28 cr Gross BOC,” tweeted Adarsh.
Cretton penned the script with Dave Callaham and Andrew Lanham. Awkwafina, Meng’er Zhang, Fala Chen, Florian Munteanu, Benedict Wong, Michelle Yeoh, Ben Kingsley, and Tony Leung also feature in the movie.
The movie has the superhero coming face to face with his father Wenwu, who expects him to take his place in his terrorist group Ten Rings. Shang-Chi had also broken Rob Zombie’s Halloween record for the Labor Day opening weekend. The 2007 movie had collected $30.6 million over four days.
The movie’s box office performance has not been influenced by newer challengers like James Wan’s Malignant, which opened to a paltry $5.57 million in North America.
The Indian Express’ Ektaa Malik rated it 2 stars out of 5 stating that “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings was supposed to be the Asian Black Panther, and open the gates to Asian pride and denote a new form of storytelling, for its people and the region. The film could’ve been a real game-changer, especially in 2021, in the aftermath of the Covid Pandemic, when hate crime against Asians is at an all-time high. Sadly, it only scratches the surface and adopts peripheral nods to acknowledge Asian culture and thought.”