Theater Counts: Shang-Chi charges into theaters

September 2, 2021

After several release date changes, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings finally arrives in theaters this weekend. The MCU Phase Four film starring Simu Liu launches in 4,300 locations across North America and holds a 45-day theatrical window before landing on Disney+. Free Guy, which has been playing in the most theaters since its release three weeks ago drops to second this week, from 3,940 down to 3,885 locations. The sci-fi/action film has scored just north of $82m domestically and over $180m worldwide. Last week’s box office topper, Candyman earned $22m last weekend in its debut and will keep its 3,569 location count as it enters its second week. Rounding out the top five this week is Jungle Cruise—which drops to 3,075 theaters this week—and PAW Patrol: The Movie begins its third week by playing in 3,004 locations.

Opening in limited theaters theaters this week is the latest from IFC Midnight in We Need to Do Something. The horror film starring Vinessa Shaw and Sierra McCormick opens in 27 locations. Also new in limited release this week is Mogul Mowgli. The narrative feature starring Riz Ahmed as British Pakistani rapper who, on the cusp of his first world tour, is struck down by an illness that forces him to face his past, his family, and the uncertainty of his legacy, debuts in 13 theaters.

Looking ahead to next week we see the launch of three wide releases. Warner Bros.’ Malignant, Queenpins, from STX Entertainment, and Sony Pictures’ faith-based feature, Show Me the Father. The latter will release in an estimated 1,000 locations…

Note: Warner Bros. counts are estimates.

Movie Distributor Theaters Previous
Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings Walt Disney 4,300 New
Free Guy 20th Century Studios 3,885 3,940 -55
Candyman Universal Pictures 3,569 3,569
Jungle Cruise Walt Disney 3,075 3,370 -290
PAW Patrol: The Movie Paramount Pictures 3,004 3,189 -185
Don’t Breathe 2 Sony Pictures 2,176 2,703 -527
Respect United Artists Releasing 2,107 2,607 -500
The Suicide Squad Warner Bros. 1,550 2,436 -886
The Protégé Lionsgate 1,451 2,577 -1,126
The Night House Searchlight Pictures 1,020 2,240 -1,220
Black Widow Walt Disney 750 1,050 -300
Old Universal Pictures 742 1,136 -394
Stillwater Focus Features 488 739 -251
The Boss Baby: Family Business Universal Pictures 445 585 -140
F9: The Fast Saga Universal Pictures 387 537 -150
Together Bleecker Street 244 250 -6
The Forever Purge Universal Pictures 234 298 -64
Flag Day United Artists Releasing 207 48 +159
Cruella Walt Disney 55 65 -10

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