Daniel Craig‘s swan song in the BOND franchise lands on a high note with NO TIME TO DIE debuting on-top with $60 million from 4,407 theatres across North America for Universal Pictures. Despite clocking-in at almost three hours, the longest running time ever for a BOND film, Critics certainly had time for it, giving it 84% on the Tomatometer.
In second is last week’s champ, VENOM: LET THERE BE CARNAGE with $31.1 million from 4,225 theatres for Sony Pictures, a two week total of $140 million over two weeks. Very impressive.
THE ADDAMS FAMILY 2 checks-in third with $9.8 million from 4,207 theatres for Universal Pictures, a two-week run of $31 million.
Fourth spot goes to SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE RINGS earning $4.2 million for Disney/Marvel. Its six week gross is $215 million.
Rounding-out the Top Five is THE MANY SAINTS OF NEWARK, with $1.5 million from 3,181 theatres, a two-week total of $7.5 million.
VENOM: LET THERE BE CARNAGE devastates in its debut at the Box Office this weekend, taking top spot with $90.1 million from 4,225 theatres, a best opening during the Pandemic. This outdoes its 2018 predecessor which opened with $80.3 million for Sony Pictures. Critics gave this 59% on the Tomatometer.
THE ADDAMS FAMILY 2 debuts in second spot with $15.8 million from 4,207 theaters for Universal Pictures. This installment gets 27% on the Tomatometer from Critics. The previous film in 2019 made $30 million opening weekend.
THE MANY SAINTS OF NEWARK, a Prequel to The Sopranos, earns $7 million from 3,181 theaters for Warner Bros. The Drama gets a passing 74% on the Tomatometer.
Four week champion SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS makes $5.8 million this weekend, bringing its five week tally to $205.9 million for Marvel/Disney.
DEAR EVAN HANSEN rounds-out the Top Five with $2.4 million for Universal Pictures. Its two week run has seen $11.7 million domestically.
There’s just no stopping SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS which takes the top spot for a fourth straight week at the Box Office with $12.8 million from 3,952 theatres for Marvel/Disney! This means it has eclipsed BLACK WIDOW as the highest-grossing film during the Pandemic with a tally of $196 million. BLACK WIDOW had grossed $186.7 million domestically.
In second spot is DEAR EVAN HANSEN with a respectable $7.3 million from 3,364 theatres for Universal Pictures. Projections for the Musical were pegged at up to $12 million going into the weekend. The Film which premiered as Opening Night Gala at TIFF a couple weeks back, got 33% on the Tomatometer from Critics.
FREE GUY lands in third with $4.1 million from 3,175 theatres for 20th Century Studios, a total $114.1 million over seven weeks.
CANDYMAN is showing some resilience with $$2.4 million from 2,556 theatres for Universal Pictures, earning $56.9 million over six weeks.
CRY MACHO rounds things out in fifth spot with $2.1 million from 4,022 theatres, a total $8.4 million earned in two weeks for Warner Bros.
Marvel Studios’ SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS reigns again atop the Box Office this weekend with a $21.7 million from 4,070 theatres. Over three weeks it has grossed $176 million domestically, all the more impressive considering the times in which it has surfaced.
Second spot goes to FREE GUY with $5.2 million for 20th Century Studios. It has made $108 million over six weeks.
CRY MACHO, the latest from Clint Eastwood, opens in third with $4.5 million from 3,967 theatres for Warner Bros. It gets 51% on the Tomatometer.
CANDYMAN lands in fourth with $3.5 million for Universal Pictures, a total $53 million grossed in North America.
MALIGNANT rounds things out with $2.6 million for Warner Bros., a tally of $9.8 million over two weeks.
Movies are back in a big way! The Pandemic could not stop Moviegoers form flocking to theatres this weekend to see Marvel’s SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS. The latest in the Marvel Cinematic Universe starring Toronto’s Simu Liu, debuts atop the Box Office with $67.8 million (potentially $85 million by end of day Monday) from 4,300 theatres across North America, a record for biggest three-day Labour Day weekend opening. Add to this, this is the first ever Asian-led Film to reach this success! Critics agree the Film is a blast with a 92% on the Tomatometer.
In second is last week’s #1 film, CANDYMAN, taking $10.4 million for an anticipated total domestic run of $41.7 million by the end of Labour Day weekend for Universal Pictures.
FREE GUY lands in third with $8.9 million from 3,885 theatres for 20th Century Studios, a cumulative $94.5 million over four weeks. Not bad at all!
Fourth spot goes to PAW PATROL: THE MOVIE with $4.1 million from 3,004 theatres, a three week run of $31.7 million.
Disney’s JUNGLE CRUISE, which just has been announced to have a Sequel rounds-out the Top Five with $3.7 million, a total $106.7 million over six weeks.
We are a day away from perhaps the biggest Blockbuster of Summer 2021. A pandemic requires an extraordinary superhero and he is SHANG-CHI.
We had the pleasure of sitting-in on a junket with the Toronto-raised Chinese-Canadian Actor Simu Liu, known to many in Canada for his role as Jung on Kim’s Convenience. While he deals with familial issues in Marvel’s SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS, let’s just say the stakes are higher and the action is just a bit more… astonishing!
We ask Liu about his headspace right now promoting this Film on a whirlwind tour under exceptional circumstances.
Liu: It’s a lot! I have not slept properly in a really long time. But there’s also the sense that if I’m doing all this and doing all the interviews, and meeting the fans, it means people really care about this Movie and believe in its importance. That’s the battery fuel or recharge that’s keeping me going right now is that this Movie really can and will have an impact.
It’s truly incredible because I’ve fought for representation for the better part of my career and always wished I had a platform or a stage that was really big enough to shout it to the world. With Marvel, we have. It’s the biggest platform there possibly could be. They’re superhero films, global products, transcend cultures and are just so much fun for every body.
I think that’s such an amazing thing to get to show everybody the celebration of our cultures, our value, our language, our customs but we get to show it to the whole world, so for those who are within our community it can be very empowering and for those outside our community it can be an education of sharing.
Tony Leung whom after many years of acclaim in his native Chinese-speaking Asia, just now is wowing fans with his performance here as Shang-Chi’s father. Liu comments on his experience working with Leung.
Liu: I was a big fan of Tony‘s movies from Infernal Affairs to Hero to Chunking Express to In the Mood for Love, the list goes on and on. He is the A-Listers of A-Listers in Cinema and it really was such a privilege working with him.
I think what he taught me was the art of stillness. He’s mastered the art of a single glance in a single expression, that without saying any words can convey a well of emotion, break your heart and shift mountains and tectonic plates of story. It can just move you.
When you watch him, he is just so comfortable in his element and at peace in a way that is so poignant and so meaningful. He’s able to ground himself in a scene and just be so still.
For me, as a newer Actor it was a difficult thing to grasp as I had a lot of anxiety coming into the role and it would manifest in different ways. What he was so good at doing, was pulling me into a more grounded and present place with him. That’s something that I definitely take with me.
Matvel’s SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS is in theatres Friday, September 3, 2021.
The sky’s the limit for Simu Liu! The Chinese-Canadian Actor’s star continues to rise and his big moment has arrived with Marvel’s SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS set to be released this weekend.
Liu, known to many of us in Canada and abroad for his work on Sitcom Kim’s Convenience, landed the gig of a lifetime in the titular role of SHANG-CHI. And if word of mouth is any indicator, the Blockbuster is poised to do big things at a Box Office which has been in need of a wake-up as we navigate our way out this pandemic!
The emerging star has been busy premiering the Film in London, Los Angeles, New York and now Toronto, his hometown where is will be doing a couple days of Press in support of the Film.
In honour of his return home, a digital billboard displaying “Welcome Home Simu!” was set-up. The tribute certainly caught his eye as he did his rounds this morning, including interviews on Breakfast Television, The Morning Show, CP24 Breakfast and The Roz & Mocha Show. Liu ceasing the moment to take it all in, stopped for a couple snaps in front of the setup!
We are so happy to see Liu again and all the success he has and is about to achieve. A proud moment for many of us who have felt under-seen. We don’t believe he remembered our name when he came over to greet us!
We’re thrilled to give our Readers in Vancouver, Edmonton and Calgary a chance to attend and Advance Screening of Marvel Studios’ SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS on September 1, 2021.
Marvel Studios’ “Shang-Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings” stars Simu Liu as Shang-Chi, who must confront the past he thought he left behind when he is drawn into the web of the mysterious Ten Rings organization. The film also stars Tony Leung as Wenwu, Awkwafina as Shang-Chi’s friend Katy and Michelle Yeoh as Jiang Nan, as well as Fala Chen, Meng’er Zhang, Florian Munteanu and Ronny Chieng. “Shang-Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings” is directed by Destin Daniel Cretton and produced by Kevin Feige and Jonathan Schwartz, with Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso and Charles Newirth serving as executive producers.
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The buzz is feverish for Marvel Studios’ SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS! Starring Toronto’s own Simu Liu, the Action-Fantasy takes place after the events of Avengers: Endgame. Shang-Chi (Liu) was trained at a young age to be an Assassin and after living a normal life in San Francisco, he’s draw-in to the Ten Rings organization, having to face again a part of his life he left behind. The Film is directed by Destin Daniel Cretton (Just Mercy) and stars a notable Cast including Tony Leung, Michelle Yeoh, Awkwafina, Sir Ben Kingsley, Meng’er Zhang and Ronny Chieng.
We got to sit-in on on the global Press Conference for the Film and joining us were:
Destin Daniel Cretton – Director
Kevin Feige – Producer
Simu Liu – Shang-Chi
Awkwafina – Katy
Ben Kingsley – Trevor Slattery
Meng’er Zhang – Xialing
Ronny Chieng – Jon Jon (Moderator)
Destin Daniel Cretton is asked what drew him to take on directing SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS.
Cretton: I feel the stories I am drawn to are a combination of humour and optimism, but also not shying away from the very real darkness and pain that we all experience as humans. I think this Movie really does encapsulate a lot of the things that I believe in.
Sir Ben Kingsley talks about cultural conversation and social impact of his Oscar-winning role in Gandhi and whether Shang-Chi in terms of storytelling and societywill have similar impact.
Cretton: When you hear Destin‘s intentions behind this story, they are crystal-clear, lucid, pure motives. They are life-enhancing and not patronizing, because they do introduce in a beautiful way, memory, ancestry, loss and families torn apart, reunited and reconfigured. All of this is from Destin‘s heart, Kevin‘s heart and the Writers’ hearts. And if your motives are pure as a storyteller, the angels will come to assist you with that story.
This story ultimately will be healing because it’s not propaganda, it’s just a really beautiful story. I as an Actor, Trevor (reprising his Iron Man 3 character)of course is a Shakespearean actor and he finds himself transported into a completely exotic environment, but he survives. And thanks to the welcome Kevin, Destin and my beautiful colleagues gave me. I have done 17 out of Shakespeare‘s whole canon of plays, so I’m sort of a Shakespearean actor. As soon as I arrived on-set, the fact that my colleagues were of a different culture was immaterial and irrelevant. We are Actors together and we live on empathy and transformation and this is our currency. All the rest is irrelevant. If we can demonstrate that energy, ultimately it will be healing and soothing.
Meng’erZhang talks about stage acting and film acting, playing Shang-Chi‘s estranged sister, Xialing.
Zhang: Oh, it was so different because this was my very first film experience and I am so lucky to work with all of them. Sir Ben, I asked him a lot of questions on-set. As he said so beautifully, when we are on-stage, we are landscape artists and when we are in front of camera, we are portrait artists. And I felt that gave me a very clear image. I literally took notes!
Kingsley: I thought you were just correcting my spelling!
Zhang: I also remember when we were doing some stunts, it was so different from stage acting. I remember the makeup team doing the final touch-up on my fringe to make sure everything was perfect. Someone came to tell me ‘Meng’er, there’s going to be a bit of wind and water’, so I said ‘Okay!’ and I was ready. Then, 3-2-1, action! And then the wind was like… (making aggressive wind sounds). And then okay, reset! (laughing).
Awkwafina talks about physicality of her character Katy, a close friend toShang-Chi.
Awkwafina: I’d say this was slightly more physically demanding. But not physically-demanding as in like wind, but more like I was falling as a team with gravity. When I fall, my neck kinda gives out. It’s kind of a ‘me issue’ as I don’t have the will power to lift it up.
I actually went to a race track and learned how to drift, which was really fun but probably not practical in any scenario. And I learned how to shoot a bow and arrow.
Simu Liu comments on working with some of the Film’s heavy hitters.
Liu: It was like Impostor Syndrome every single day. Truly, it was such a treat. I did all I could do not to mess it up. When I was first cast, I did my final screen test with Nora (Awkwafina) and she did such a wonderful job putting me at ease. My nerves were sky-high. I was an Actor from Toronto and never had ever allowed myself to imagine being part of the MCU(Marvel Cinematic Universe). I mean, it’s the craziest dream someone could possibly dream. Nora did a great job putting me at ease. And just being in the moment with me. We had such a beautiful chemistry. This bickery, old couple chemistry right from the get-go. As I met more members of the Cast like Tony Leung, Michelle Yeoh and Sir Ben, every day it was like waking-up to another dream. And then having Meng’er come join us too when we were all in Sydney, it was fantastic. She was great. I can’t wait for people to watch the Movie because who you are in real life and in the Movie, they are really parts of you, but really so polar opposite.
Ronny, you were fine. We were shut down for four months during the pandemic.Ronny, was living a couple floors above me.
Awkwafina: Ronny, would come with me and sneak into the gym and say ‘I’ve been working out with Simu!’
Chieng: I’m trying to get that free Marvel workout. You know what? I’m going to use this pandemic to get super-ripped and I end up doing 10% of the weights Simu was doing every day!
Simu Liu talks about on his casting.Is it true he Tweeted at Marvel and got the role of Shang-Chi?
Liu: When you Tweet at Marvel, you’re thinking it’s going to some 19-year-old intern and nobody’s gonna ready that or care what I have to say! Maybe they did!
Feige: I did not see that! Unfortunately Simu, it was not your Tweeting. It was your acting ability and constant professionalism and multiple reads and meetings that you did. Now did Sarah Finn our Casting Director see that, that I don’t know! That’s a cosmic wonder!
Daniel Destin Cretton comments on the use of Mandarin-Chinese in scenes in the Film.
Cretton: The conversation behind which language they should be speaking was always rooted in the logic of the character and who would naturally be speaking what language. So that started in the Writers’ Room and once our Actors came in, it was always a dialogue. These are bilingual, trilingual, quadrilingual characters who could speak whatever made sense at the time. So we were constantly having the conversation what made sense for the scene.
Feige: One moment I particularly like is where Simu‘s character speaks to Awkwafina‘s character and says ‘Oh no, my Chinese isn’t good’ and Simu’s character says, ‘Don’t worry, I speak ABC!’.
Awkwafina: That was really a big moment. Culturally, you just never see that.
Liu: ABC means American-born Chinese but it’s the first time in a Movie where someone just calls it out!
Marvel Studios Canada release SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS Friday, September 3, 2021.
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Marvel Studios’ “Shang-Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings” stars Simu Liu as Shang-Chi, who must confront the past he thought he left behind when he is drawn into the web of the mysterious Ten Rings organization.
The film also stars Awkwafina as Shang-Chi’s friend Katy, with Michelle Yeoh as Ying Nan, and Tony Leung as Xu Wenwu, Shang-Chi’s father; as well as Meng’er Zhang, Fala Chen, Florian Munteanu, Benedict Wong, Yuen Wah, Ronny Chieng, Zach Cherry, and Dallas Liu.
Marvel’s SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS arrives September 3, 2021.