Any doubts that moviegoers in the U.S. would see a film with an Asian superhero have been laid to rest.
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings on Thursday became the first movie since the coronavirus to top $200 million at the box office, reports Yahoo.
This hasn’t happened since Bad Boys For Life hit $220 million in January 2020, just months before the coronavirus officially became a worldwide pandemic in March, according to Forbes.
Disney’s Marvel broke the mold in many ways with Shang-Chi. First it released it Labor Day Weekend, not a traditional movie going weekend nor a time most studios would release a potential blockbuster.
Secondly Disney released it only in studios, breaking a recent pattern of releasing simultaneously on streaming services and in theaters.
Third, it put an Asian male in a lead role, something movie studios don’t usually do.
The movie has also done well internationally. Deadline reports it’s also the number one movie in Australia, Brazil, France, Germany, Korea, Italy, Mexico, Russia, Spain and the UK.
It’s global box office is currently at $258 million.
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