Theater counts: Shang-Chi holds off Malignant to remain widest release

September 9, 2021


Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings was a welcome surprise at the box office last week as the latest Marvel film tallied up an impressive $75 million during its first weekend, and currently carries a six-day total of $106 million in North America. The film debuted in 4,300 locations and will retain that count entering its second week. New this week from Warner Bros. is Malignant, directed by James Wan and starring Annabelle Wallis. The supernatural-horror film is estimated to debut in 3,800 theaters, including IMAX locations, while simultaneously being available to stream on HBO Max. Also new in wide release this week is the Kendrick Brothers’ inspirational docu-drama from Sony Pictures, Show Me the Father, opening in 1,073 locations. Rounding out the top five this week is Free Guy, going from 3,885 last week, to 3,650 this week; Candyman settling in at 3,279 locations this week; and PAW Patrol: The Movie, which begins its fourth week in 2,820 theaters.

Arriving in limited theaters this week is Focus Features’ The Card Counter. The thriller starring Oscar Isaac as an ex-military interrogator turned gambler who is haunted by the ghosts of his past decisions releases in 580 venues. Also worthy of mention is romantic comedy, Dating & New York. The IFC Films feature debuts in 38 locations.

Looking ahead to next week we see the release of the latest film directed by, and starring Hollywood legend Clint Eastwood. Cry Macho, based on the novel of the same name follows a one-time rodeo star and washed up horse breeder who, in 1978, takes a job from an ex-boss to bring the man’s young son home and away from his alcoholic mom. Warner Bros. will release the western-drama in theaters and on HBO Max. Also opening next week is the Justin Chon, Alicia Vikander drama, Blue Bayou. The film from Focus Features is set to release in an estimated 400 locations…

Note: Warner Bros. counts are estimates.

Movie Distributor Theaters Previous
Theaters
Change
Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings Walt Disney 4,300 4,300
Malignant Warner Bros. 3,800 New
Free Guy 20th Century Studios 3,650 3,885 -235
Candyman Universal Pictures 3,279 3,569 -290
PAW Patrol: The Movie Paramount Pictures 2,820 3,004 -184
Jungle Cruise Walt Disney 2,800 3,075 -275
Don’t Breathe 2 Sony Pictures 1,708 2,176 -468
Respect United Artists Releasing 1,307 2,107 -800
Show Me the Father Sony Pictures 1,073 New
Old Universal Pictures 583 742 -159
The Card Counter Focus Features 580 New
Black Widow Walt Disney 525 750 -225
The Night House Searchlight Pictures 500 1,020 -520
The Boss Baby: Family Business Universal Pictures 483 445 +38
The Protégé Lionsgate 394 1,451 -1,057
F9: The Fast Saga Universal Pictures 338 387 -49
Stillwater Focus Features 313 488 -175
The Forever Purge Universal Pictures 182 234 -52
Flag Day United Artists Releasing 167 196 -29
Cruella Walt Disney 55 55
Together Bleecker Street 14 244 -230

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