Shang-Chi Claims Top Spot At UK Box Office

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The latest Marvel release Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings continues to hold onto the top spot at the UK box office with an extra £3.5m taking it to just under £11.9m total.

Also from Disney, Free Guy, the video game centred movie starring Ryan Reynolds took an extra 700k sitting on a £14m total in its 5th week and also held onto second place.

The top 5 were followed by Jennifer Hudson’s acclaimed turn as Aretha Franklin in Respect from Universal with £420k, Candyman, also from Universal took 4th with a further £418k.

Warner Bros. and James Wan’s Malignant, which had a huge wide release came in at 5th with only 409k from over 520 cinema sites.

This result has got to sting in comparison to the performance of Candyman which sits on almost £4m in its 3rd week, and the audience feedback hasn’t been too positive either.

Shang-Chi leads in the UK box office, but Free Guy Leads In China

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In China, Free Guy claimed the top spot once again with an extra £8.6m and has a running total of £60m in China and has already surpassed Tenet’s performance last year.

The Christopher Nolan directed blockbuster from Warner Bros. took £47m ($66m) last summer.

Although for another comparison a re-release of Avatar back in March in China took £40 on its own.

Free Guy now looks to see if it can reach the $300m mark worldwide, sitting on £199m ($276m) currently.

In the US a similar tale to the UK, Shang-Chi dominated at the top spot with another £25m ($35m) with a drop of over 50% from the previous week, which falls in line with other Marvel releases.

The film has smashed through the analysts $200m (£144m) milestone and sits on $257m (£185m) worldwide.

Free Guy took second place with another $5.6m (£4.05m) and third place was the new entry, Malignant with $5.4m  (£3.9m) which was also an underperformance in the North American market.

Early Days For Dune, but Looking Good

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The controversial deal that sees Dune released on HBO Max and cinemas stateside is getting closer but the film has already been released in some countries such as France.

The sci-fi epic is the widest release for a film in France for 2021, and with 890+ screens it has grossed $35k (£25k) in Paris ticket sales alone and is looking to set a $20m (£14m) opening weekend.

France, Germany, Italy and Russia will also see the film look to take the figure and give a head start to the international box office.

The international gross will be key to the possibility of a sequel for the film considering the effect of an HBO Max viewing may have on the US box office potential.

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