Shang-Chi passes Black Widow to become the highest-grossing domestic film of the year

By Stephen Ippolito | September 25th, 2021

Yesterday, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings officially ($186.8M) passed another Marvel Studios-produced film, Black Widow ($183.5M), at the domestic box office. The Simu Liu-led film is now the highest grossing film of the year in North America.

Black Widow did have the disadvantage of being released simultaneously in theaters and on Disney+. Because the character is more well known, I’m sure the Scarlett Johansson-led film would have earned more if it was given an exclusive theatrical release.

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Amazingly, Shang-Chi is expected to take the top spot at the box office for a fourth straight weekend. The film is projected to earn $11M-$12M, which would only be a 45% drop-off from the previous week.

Sometime next week, the film should cross $200M domestically, making it the first film to do so since Bad Boys for Life in early 2020. According to The Hollywood Reporter, box office analysts say the the film could finish its run with around $240M.

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With Spider-Man: No Way Home coming out in December, I don’t expect Shang-Chi to hold the top spot when the year finishes. It will probably be top 3, if not top 5.

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