Disney and Marvel’s latest effort Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings has outperformed expectations at the global box office this weekend, with an estimated $139.7M. Overseas it has grossed $83.5M (all numbers including Labor Day estimates). It’s number one in many markets, including the biggest three-day opening weekend since the pandemic began in the UK, gaining $7.7M in the region.
Destin Daniel Cretton, who made indie hit Short Term 12, directs this Marvel entry. It stars Simu Liu, Awkwafina, Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Michelle Yeoh, Meng’er Zhang and Benedict Wong. Shang-Chi is also the first Asian-American Marvel superhero to be featured on the big screen.
Legendary Hong Kong actor Leung debuts in his first role in an American film and first English-speaking role, even though he has always spoken it fluently. It’s also Liu’s first lead, after tweeting Marvel in 2018, asking for a role. He retweeted it a year later, thanking them.
Much of South East Asia and China aren’t currently in session, where a date for Shang-Chi‘s release is still pending; Australia is also still 70% closed, as reported by Deadline. UK leads all offshore play, followed by Korea with $6.5M, France with $4.3M, Russia with 3.2M and Japan with $2.8M. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, the 25th entry into the enormously successful Marvel Cinematic Universe, is now available in theaters around the world.