INDIA: This past weekend, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings surpassed the $250 million mark at the international box office, grossing an estimated $257.6 million (about Rs. 1,899 crores).
Marvel’s phase four did not live up to the expectations. With Black Widow being the first film in Phase four, it’s bound to be a drab affair. However, based on the box office receipts, Shang-Chi appears to have resurrected the MCU’s phase four.
In comparison to Shang-Chi, Black Widow saw a significant dip in its second week of release. It hasn’t been able to exceed earlier MCU entries. The fact that the film was released in both theatres and on Disney+ could explain the dip in the box office. However, based on diverse fan reactions, the film was deemed unworthy of the character. It isn’t a Black Widow film, but it is a tedious MCU approach for introducing new characters.
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Despite Disney CEO Bob Chapek’s concerns, the exclusive theatre release of Shang-Chi is a boon. As a result of the lessons learned from the previous work with Black Widow, the MCU has opted to solely distribute the film in theatres, which is the greatest option for Shang-Chi.
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings dominate the box office in a number of countries, including Australia, Brazil, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Russia, Spain, and the United Kingdom. Despite being shut down in several states and operating at half capacity, the film grossed around Rs 19.56 crore in India. That’s on top of the fact that Maharashtra has the most screens that are closed owing to COVID restrictions.
Shang-Chi has shown to be advantageous not only in terms of box office receipts but also as a path for Eternals. Whose theatrical release was contingent on Shang-Chi’s box office success, which was demonstrated to be sufficient for Eternals’ release date.
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