Thursday, May 30, 2024

Bang! “Shang Chi” Sets Labor Day Weekend Box Office Weekend, First Asian American Super Hero


“Shang Chi” has made $71 million for the three day weekend and set a record for Labor Day box office. It’s first the Asian American super hero movie.

For Marvel, it’s a low number for weekend sales, but the good news outweighs the not so bad. “Shang Chi” ranks at the low end of Marvel openings, but who cares? It was never going to be “The Avengers” or “Black Panther.”

By mid week or late in the week it will cross $100 million. Who can say that isn’t a massive success? Believe me. if “The Suicide Squad” had gotten those numbers, there would be a ticker tape parade down Broaday.

The rest of the weekend box office is watery and not of much interest. I keep getting updates on something called “PAW Patrol.” And all the quality movies like “Stillwater,” “Flag Day,” and even “Respect,” are dead. Muerte.

Tomorrow is Labor Day and then welcome the Oscar movies, blockbusters, and so on. We’re ready!


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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