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Marvel’s hot streak at the box office continues.
Its latest offering, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, continued its impressive run at the U.S box office, topping it for the third weekend in a row with $21.7 million, Deadline reports. With an estimated $176.9 million in total earnings, the film is projected to become the second-highest grossing fim in the pandemic era, trailing only the $183.2 million Black Widow.
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings previously brought in $75.5 million during its opening weekend, a tough feat for an early-September-released film. Worldwide, the film has now earned $320 million, according to Forbes, with only Black Widow earning more with $370 million globally this year.
Earlier this month, star Simu Liu caught up with Complex Canada editor Alex Nino Gheciu to discuss what the movie means to him.
“I think it would have made me feel proud of where I came from,” Liu said. “I think it would have made me proud of my face, proud of my language, of my culture. And not having that meant that, you know, I kind of inherently knew that those things were ‘other.’ And those things weren’t desirable. And so, I grew up ashamed to be Asian. I just hope that kids watching this movie will be proud instead.”
He also recently refuted Disney CEO Bob Chapek referring to the film’s release as an “interesting experiment” during the company’s Q3 earnings call.
“We are not an experiment. We are the underdog; the underestimated,” Liu wrote on social media. “We are the ceiling-breakers. We are the celebration of culture and joy that will persevere after an embattled year. We are the surprise. I’m fired the f**k up to make history on September 3rd; JOIN US.”