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Monday, September 27, 2021

“SHANG-CHI” EMERGES AS 2021’S HIGHEST GROSSING DOMESTIC FILM

DISNEY/MARVEL'S "SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS" IS NOW 2021'S TOP GROSSING DOMESTIC FILM WITH $196.5M, PER COMSCORE, BESTING $183.6M CUME FOR DISNEY/MARVEL'S "BLACK WIDOW." HOLLYWOOD HANDICAPPERS NOW SEE "SHANG-CHI" HEADING FOR $250M/DOM, HELPED GREATLY BY LACK OF DAY & DATE STREAMING -- UNLIKE "BW," WHICH HAD TO COMPETE WITH ITSELF ON DISNEY+ FROM DAY ONE.

“SHANG-CHI” OVERPERFORMED ONCE AGAIN IN ITS FOURTH WEEKEND

DRIVEN BY "SHANG-CHI'S" WEEKEND FOUR TICKET SALES OF $13.3M -- BEATING HOLLYWOOD HANDICAPPERS' PROJECTIONS FOR ABOUT $12.8M -- OVERALL MARKETPLACE DID $37.7M FOR WEEKEND, DOWN 20.9% VS. PRIOR WEEKEND'S $47.7M, ACCORDING TO COMSCORE. "SHANG-CHI" EASILY HELD ON TO FIRST PLACE, FALLING JUST 39%, AT 3,952 LOCATIONS ($3,362). CUMES: $196.5M/DOM + $166.9M/INT = $363.4M/WW. COMSCORE'S YEAR-TO-DATE CUME REFLECTS BIG BOOST FROM "SHANG-CHI" -- $2.415B, UP 17.9% FROM $2.048B IN 2020.

“DEAR EVAN HANSEN” OPENED TO $7.5m, TAKING SECOND PLACE IN WEEKEND RESULTS

WEEKEND'S ONLY NEW WIDE RELEASE, UNIVERSAL'S PG-13 TONY AWARD WINNING MUSICAL DRAMA "DEAR EVAN HANSEN," PLACED SECOND WITH JUST $7.5M AT 3,364 THEATRES ($2,229), WITHIN MODEST $5-8M RANGE EXHIBITORS ANTICIPATED. DISAPPOINTING OPENING IS WAY LESS THAN SOFT $11.5M LAUNCH LAST 6/11 FOR WB'S TONY AWARD WINNING MUSICAL DRAMA "IN THE HEIGHTS," WHICH ENDED UP DOING $29.9M/DOM. CRITICS SLAMMED "HANSEN" WITH 33% ROTTEN SCORE ON RT -- BUT RT AUDIENCES APPLAUDED IT WITH 92%.

COMSCORE’S PAUL DERGARABEDIAN DISHES ON THE FALL MOVIES

COMSCORE SENIOR MEDIA ANALYST PAUL DERGARABEDIAN JOINS SCREENDOLLARS' MARTIN GROVE FOR SPECIAL "BOXOFFICE AUTOPSY" PODCAST FOCUSING ON WHAT'S SHAPING UP AS VERY POWERFUL BOXOFFICE MONTH OF OCTOBER. CHECK OUT THEIR CONVERSATION TODAY AT SCREENDOLLARS.COMOR IN LATEST EDITION OF SCREENDOLLARS NEWSLETTER.

“NO TIME TO DIE” IS COMING TO THEATRES ON 10/8, AT LONG LAST

FOCUSING ON MGM/UNIVERSAL/EON'S PG-13 RATED 25TH JAMES BOND EPISODE "NO TIME TO DIE," OPENING 10/8, DERGARABEDIAN OBSERVES IT "WAS ONE OF THE FIRST FILMS TO MOVE OFF THE RELEASE CALENDAR IN REACTION TO THE PANDEMIC. IT WAS ORIGINALLY SET FOR APRIL 8, 2020. THEN IT MOVED TO NOVEMBER OF 2020. THEN IT MOVED TO APRIL OF 2021. AND NOW IT'S ALMOST HERE -- AND IT'S NOT GOING TO MOVE! I THINK THIS ONE'S GOING TO HAVE A GREAT DEBUT AND VERY LONG TERM PLAYABILITY. THERE'S A LOT OF PENT UP DEMAND FOR 007."

“DUNE” HOLDING STRONG IN INTERNATIONAL MARKETS

WARNER BROS./LEGENDARY'S PG-13 SCI-FI EPIC "DUNE," A LIKELY BEST PICTURE NOMINEE, CONTINUED FLEXING ITS BOXOFFICE MUSCLES ABROAD PRIOR TO 10/22 DOMESTIC LAUNCH. IN WEEKEND TWO "DUNE" DID POWERFUL $26.3M IN 32 MARKETS ON 7,679 SCREENS, PER COMSCORE, SLIDING AVERAGE OF JUST 32% -- BUT WITH WHAT COMSCORE CALLED "EXCEPTIONAL DROPS IN HOLLAND (-12%), DENMARK (-17%), FINLAND (-22%) & GERMANY (-23%)." INTERNATIONAL CUME: $76.5M.

GLOBALLY, “DUNE” IS RUNNING AHEAD OF ALL COMPS

ANALYZING "DUNE'S" OVERSEAS STRENGTH, COMSCORE'S PAUL DERGARABEDIAN REPORTS: "IN LIKE FOR LIKE MARKETS AND USING TODAY'S RATES, WE ARE AHEAD OF ALL COMPS INCLUDING 'TENET' (+12%), 'BLACK WIDOW' (+49%), 'SHANG-CHI' (+64%), 'BLADE RUNNER 2049' (+73%) & 'GODZILLA VS. KONG' (+87%). MIDDLE EAST MARKETS OPENED VERY WELL WITH UAE TAKING IN $1.0M AND COMING 68% AHEAD OF 'BLADE RUNNER 2049.' SAUDI ARABIA PRODUCED $969K WITH OPENING WEEKEND TRACKING ON PAR WITH 'FREE GUY.'" "DUNE'S" NEXT INT OPENINGS WILL BE MID-OCTOBER IN NINE MARKETS, INCLUDING JAPAN (10/15).

WB’S “THE MANY SAINTS OF NEWARK” WILL SEE A WIDE OPENING ON 10/1

WB ALSO SAW PROMISING INTERNATIONAL TICKET SALES FOR ITS R RATED "SOPRANOS" PREQUEL "THE MANY SAINTS OF NEWARK," OPENING DOMESTICALLY 10/1. KICKING-OFF IN TWO MARKETS ABROAD, IT DID $1.3M AT 726 SCREENS. WILL ADD EIGHT MORE OVERSEAS MARKETS NEXT WEEK.