Marvel's 'Shang-Chi' tops the North American box office again, Clint Eastwood's 'Cry Macho' underperforms
Original movies are over-performing, despite box office slump
Elizabeth Wagmeister on box office
"Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings" is the top film at the box office for the third straight weekend, but the muted reception for Clint Eastwood's "Cry Macho" suggests older moviegoers still aren't as eager to return to theaters.
The 25th film in the connected Marvel Cinematic Universe, directed by Destin Daniel Cretton, earned an estimated $21.7 million in ticket sales over its third weekend since debuting on Sept. 3, according to studio estimates Sunday. The Walt Disney Co. release has held better in theaters than most films during the pandemic. Its 37% drop in the third weekend is the best third-week hold for any Marvel movie ever.
"Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings," Marvel's first Asian superhero movie, has earned an estimated $320.6 million worldwide. The only trouble for "Shang-Chi" thus far is a lack of a release date in China, which hasn't cleared the film for release in the country, the world's largest but highly censored film market.
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