Box Office: snoring through September

Sleepy box office here, but China and the US are locking horns over Shang-Chi.

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings came through its second weekend with a minor drop of 28%, and gained a few locations while it dropped a few screens. Who knows what went into them – maybe no-one wanted to squander electricity.

So far it has taken $4.07 million, with $1.4 million this weekend. In the US it has made $200 million in the same time, so COVID is doing much more harm here. The total worldwide take so far is $350 million. For the studios, this marks a return to normal numbers, as the picture has probably just cleared both the sub-$200 milion budget and the advertising bill.

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David Tiley was the Editor of Screenhub from 2005 until he became Content Lead for Film in 2021 with a special interest in policy. He is a writer in screen media with a long career in educational programs, documentary, and government funding, with a side order in script editing. He values curiosity, humour and objectivity in support of Australian visions and the art of storytelling.