Weekend Box Office Forecast: Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

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Is there a second post credit scene in Shang Chi?

Like nearly all of its cinematic cousins in Marvel's back catalog, Shang-Chi also has two post-credits scenes. Historically, Marvel has deployed post-credits scenes as a way to tease upcoming films or possibly introduce new characters. VoxShang-Chi’s 2 post-credits scenes, explained

How many credit scenes in Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings?

“Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings,” the second film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe's highly-anticipated Phase Four, offers a cryptic glimpse at what's to come in the post-Infinity Saga MCU via not one but two intriguing post-credits scenes. Los Angeles Times'Shang-Chi' credits scenes explained: What's next in MCU

When does Shang Chi take place in the MCU?

While the timeline isn't clear-cut right now, we do know that both Spider-Man and Shang-Chi take place in the MCU's present day, which, due to the Blip, is actually in 2023. VultureShang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings’ Post-Credit Scenes, Explained

2021’s summer movie season comes to a close this weekend.

It’s been a wild ride for the film industry and theatrical exhibition, one that will forever have an asterisk next to it. The unusual nature of the movie season will fittingly be capped with a first-of-its-kind tentpole release across North America over Labor Day weekend, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. The latest Marvel Cinematic Universe installment will be exclusive to theaters for 45 days, the first pure window for a Marvel title since Spider-Man: Far from Home in July 2019 (and Disney’s first, outside of 20th Century Studio releases, since early 2020).

The anticipated Marvel Studios film is ignoring all past precedents by opening over the end-of-summer holiday weekend, a frame previously avoided by major studios in the pre-pandemic years and mostly reserved for movies with low-to-middling risk and/or commercial potential. It’s a time when audiences have largely taken the week off from going to theaters in favor of one last hurrah before the fall season.

Unprecedented times call for unprecedented release plans, though. Granted, Warner Bros. gave the industry and willing moviegoers Tenet around this time frame last year, but that was with a bare bones exhibition landscape that had only just begun attempting to reopen. When it came to movie theaters at the time, there was no Los Angeles, no New York, and no vaccines. That translated into a stunted first attempt at box office recovery.

Things are quite different now, though still far from normal. This spring and summer have offered numerous bright spots with the performances of Godzilla vs. Kong, A Quiet Place Part II, F9, Black Widow, Jungle Cruise, Free Guy, Candyman, and various others.

The rising number of hospitalizations among unvaccinated people has recently caused a slight decline in moviegoer sentiment from previous pandemic highs early in the summer, but some stabilization has occurred leading into September. Various industry sources report that NRG’s latest survey yielded around 67 percent of moviegoers as comfortable to visit cinemas right now. That’s on par with early-to-mid August polls.

Schools are already back in session throughout more than three-quarters of the domestic market right now, which is actively playing a part in the rising number of virus cases as children under 12 aren’t eligible to receive them yet and vaccine hesitancy remains in play among some adults. The unfortunate reality is that’s a point of concern for parents considering taking their kids anywhere in public right now, including a Marvel movie in theaters.

Still, that sentiment isn’t shared by all, as evidenced by PAW Patrol: The Movie‘s ability to beat conservative expectations in its debut two weeks ago. For as many parents are concerned, there are others throughout many regions of the country who have already resumed some pre-pandemic habits.

That audience will be important for Shang-Chi, but the film ultimately is geared to all demographics — especially men in the 15-40 age range. That segment has played a major role in this year’s most notable box office rebounds, and pre-release tracking indicates they plan to show up for the newest Marvel pic.

As discussed in our long range forecast last month, this film’s historic relevance will also be important to box office prowess and any potential to break out. As the first Asian-American-led superhero film from a major studio, interest and awareness are quite high — even if the character himself is relatively anonymous to the general public compared to the more broadly known names like Wonder Woman and Black Panther before their phenomenal record runs in recent years.

For additional metrics, research firm Movio reports that the United States pre-sale audience for Shang-Chi is comprised of 41 percent males under the age of 34, versus 29 percent for Black Panther back in February 2018.

Pre-sales for Shang-Chi are over-indexing in some regions, notably cities with a large community of Asian descent. With an exclusive theatrical window, there is also hope that the film’s walk-up sales will outpace those of Black Widow. The latter film controversially opened day-and-date in theaters and for a premium charge to Disney+ streaming subscribers, leading to considerable speculation that its at-home availability cannibalized theatrical attendance to some extent.

Shang-Chi ultimately isn’t as well known as Widow, though, and the market is somewhat different now even than it was almost two months ago thanks to the surging Delta variant of COVID-19. This film could be less front-loaded since Thursday is a school night, though, while Sunday should be inflated thanks to the Monday holiday when schools are out and many adults have the day off from work.

As the caveats necessarily pile up in any pre-release analysis, it’s also wide to remember that while the lowest Marvel openers in history are by the likes of 2008’s The Incredible Hulk ($55.4 million) and 2015’s Ant-Man ($57.2 million), again, those films had more instant recognition to casual audiences by way of character name and star power, respectively. Shang-Chi has neither, so to even come close to those figures — during a pandemic, no less — would be a big victory

On the conservative side of forecasting models, another factor to consider for Shang-Chi and all films at the box office over the long holiday weekend will be the flooding and subsequent impacts of former Hurricane Ida’s remnants up and down the eastern coast (including large metropolitan areas).

The long and short of it is that, once again, the industry is cautiously optimistic about a film that has no ideal comparisons by which to reliably gauge forecast models. Everything is an experiment in the current climate, but in Shang-Chi‘s case, it’s one that more closely resembles something once called “normalcy” as a Disney and Marvel movie that will only be in theaters for the next six weeks.

Nevertheless, the pandemic remains far from over, and that remains an external competition the industry is still grappling with. If Shang-Chi can live up to expectations and handily unseat 2007’s Halloween as the biggest Labor Day opener in box office history, it would be a significant feat under the circumstances. The comic book film only needs a $26.4 million three-day and $30.6 million four-day to achieve that — figures the film is tracking well ahead of. There is a considerable chance it will be only the third film of the pandemic era to exceed $20 million by the end of Friday alone, following F9 ($29.9 million) and Black Widow ($39.5 million).

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings opens in 4,300 locations this weekend, with Thursday previews beginning at 6pm. The theatrical footprint includes 400 IMAX auditoriums, 850-plus Premium Large Format screens, 1,500 3D locations, and 235 D-Box/4D screens.

The film previously held 25 fan screenings at IMAX locations throughout the United States and Canada on Wednesday, August 18, spurring strong early word of mouth across the social media sphere. That initial audience reception has been echoed by film critics, 147 of whom currently rate the film 91 percent fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.

Globally, the film is opening in most territories this week with the notable exception of China and areas such as southeast Asia, New Zealand, and Greece that have been impacted by recent COVID-related closures. Vaccine passports and restrictions are also considerations to varying degrees for Australia, Brazil, France, Italy, Germany, Japan, and Korea.

Boxoffice projects this weekend’s top ten films will increase between 35 and 55 percent from last weekend’s $57.6 million top ten aggregate.

Thanks in large part to Shang-Chi‘s release, the market overall could reach pre-pandemic norms for Labor Day weekend. Since the year 2000, four-day hauls for the top ten films during the holiday frame have averaged cumulative totals of $90.4 million. Boxoffice projects this weekend to exceed that figure.

Theater counts are updated as confirmed by studios.

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IT was speculated whether Matt James will join Kenya Moore and Amanda Kloots on Dancing with the Stars season 30.

The new season of the dancing fan-favorite show will air September 20.

It was announced on September 1 by Us Weekly that Bachelor star Matt James is set to appear on Dancing With the Stars.

The athlete is one of many Bachelor Nation stars to compete on the competition show. Trista Sutter, Melissa Rycroft, Jake Pavelka, Sean Lowe, Chris Soules, Nick Viall, Joe Amabile, Hannah Brown and Kaitlyn Bristowe all appeared on DWTS over the years.

Since James' season ended in March 2021, he has been working on his relationship with final rose recipient Rachael Kirkconnell and working for the CBRE Group, a commercial real estate company in NYC.

During season 25, Kirkconnell came under fire after past racist actions surfaced, including her attendance at a Antebellum-themed fraternity formal while in college.

During The Bachelor's After the Final Rose special, James said that they couldn't "be in a relationship" because Kirkconnell had to "put in that work to understand how her past behavior was wrong.

Following their public breakup, the couple reconnected and started pursuing a relationship again.

At the 2021 ESPY Awards on Saturday July 10, 2021, the couple told PEOPLE correspondent Sandra Vergara about the obstacles they've worked through since deciding to pursue a relationship.

"I will say that, you know, of course it was difficult in the moment, but just being able to step back and work on our relationship to assess," Kirkconnell said.

"Taking a moment away from the spotlight's been really good for us. It's been a lot better."

James added in, "I'm following the lead of everybody else."

"You know, I think that I look to people who have been where I'm trying to get to. Rachael's parents have been in a relationship for a long time. They've been married for probably about as long as I've been alive, so you know, relationships that are prospering are what I kind of fix my eyes on and hope to emulate."

As of March 2021, James' net worth is an estimated $250,000.

James reportedly made $100,000 from his time on The Bachelor and the rest of his net worth comes from his jobs with CBRE Group and ABC Food Tours.

Jojo Siwa is making history after being named as one of the 15 stars joining the upcoming season of Dancing With The Stars.

The bubbly 18-year-old YouTube personality along with 18-year-old Olympic gymnast Suni Lee were named as two of the contenders vying for the mirrorball.

The other 13 stars competing in the dance competition will be revealed on Good Morning America, with Jojo and Suni as guests, on September 8, TV Line reports.

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'Shang-Chi' spoilers: How that surprise cameo fixes Marvel’s biggest faux pas

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To be clear: that disconnect does not hurt Shang-Chi. The film’s commitment to carving out its own space in the MCU, rather than retreading familiar ground, makes it feel refreshing and unique.

That’s not to say that Shang-Chi doesn’t tie into past MCU films. In fact, the film does connect directly to one surprising Phase Two film — via a character whose appearance will, at first, probably confuse some audience members.

For those viewers, here’s everything you need to know about that character’s inclusion in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.

Around the Marvel film’s halfway mark, Katy (Awkwafina), Shang-Chi (Simu Liu), and Xialing (Meng’er Zhang) find themselves imprisoned in the Ten Rings fortress by Wenwu (Tony Leung). However, they quickly realize that they’re not the only ones being kept underneath the compound.

It’s an unexpectedly comedic moment, with Kinglsey bringing the same manic, drunken theatrical energy to the character that he did in both Iron Man 3 and the 2014 Marvel one-shot All Hail the King. In a surprising turn of events, Trevor goes on to have a consistent presence throughout the second half of Shang-Chi, with him and his cellmate, a faceless magical creature named Morris, helping the film’s heroes to reach the realm of Ta Lo before Wenwu.

As a character, Trevor is totally unlike the other players in Shang-Chi. Not only is he more farcical and outrageous, but he’s also one of the only characters in Shang-Chi who has previously appeared in the MCU. Even more surprising: of the few pre-existing MCU characters who do show up in Shang-Chi, Trevor has by far the biggest role.

But despite the unexpected nature of his return, his appearance in Shang-Chi makes sense. Let me explain.

Kingsley made his debut as Slattery back in 2013’s Iron Man 3, spending most of the film masquerading as “The Mandarin,” an international terrorist who broadcasts his crimes live on television. It’s eventually revealed, however, that Slattery isn’t actually “The Mandarin,” but a drunken British actor hired by Aldrich Killian (Guy Pearce) to pretend to be.

Notably, the use of Slattery in place of The Mandarin didn’t sit well with Marvel fans back in 2013. Many believed, rightly, that the Trevor character was just the result of Marvel wanting to avoid doing the necessary work of creating a version of The Mandarin that didn’t rely on the comic character’s problematic, racist origins.

But despite how poorly his role in Iron Man 3 was received, Trevor was revisited in All Hail the King, a 2014 one-shot that followed the disgraced villain as he was interviewed in prison about his Iron Man 3 activities. Notably, that one-shot ended with Slattery kidnapped by an agent of the Ten Rings organization, who’d been sent to retrieve the actor by the organization’s actual leader.

Now, eight years after the release of Iron Man 3, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings follows through on the promise of All Hail the King’s ending. Tony Leung’s Wenwu fills the role of The Mandarin in the MCU without falling into racist stereotypes — in one of the film’s best scenes, Wenwu even pokes fun at the Mandarin moniker — and stands tall as one of the best villains that the Marvel Cinematic Universe has seen.

The inclusion of Trevor Slattery in Shang-Chi, meanwhile, serves two purposes.

Firstly, it wraps up the loose end created by All Hail the King, revealing that Trevor was brought to the leader of the Ten Rings and, thanks to an improvised performance of Macbeth, kept alive for several years in a cell underneath the organization’s mountain compound to serve as court jester. His role in the film also helps connect the plot of Shang-Chi to Marvel’s Iron Man trilogy, which introduced the Ten Rings as an organization but never actually managed to feature the group (or its leader).

In other words, the film uses Trevor to help bridge its story and characters to the wider MCU.

That’s ultimately why he’s in the film. Mileage may vary as to whether this is a worthwhile reason for his inclusion, especially considering the outrageous presence he immediately brings to Shang-Chi, but Trevor’s become an unexpectedly pivotal player in the MCU.

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