Shang-Chi movie Still at the top of the Box Office
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings hit the top of the North American box office in its second week since its release on September 3. This film managed to reap revenues of US $ 35.8.
As reported by Variety on Sunday (12/9) United States time, Shang-Chi’s revenue in the second week fell 53 percent compared to the first week. At that time this film managed to pocket US $ 71.4 million.
Even though it has decreased, this achievement is still better than Black Widow, who is also included in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The film, starring Scarlett Johansson, has decreased by 70 percent, from US$80 million to US$26 million.
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings are the first Asian superheroes in the MCU. Its presence as a representation of Asia is similar to that of Black Panther who is present as a representation of Africa.
Marvel Studios president, Kevin Feige, believes that from the beginning Shang-Chi received a warm welcome from the audience. Not only because of Shang-Chi, but also because of the supporting characters in the film.
Free Guy is in second place at the North American box office with revenues of US$5.8 million. Followed by Malignant with US $ 5.5 million, Candyman with US $ 4.8 million, and Jungle Cruise with US $ 2.4 million.
Quoting Box Office Mojo, rankings from six to 10 went to PAW Patrol: The Movie with US$2.2 million, Don’t Breathe 2 with US$1.15 million, The Card Counter with US$1.1 million, Show Me the Father with US$700 thousand, and Respect with US$503 thousand.
The film Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings seemed to satisfy a number of film critics. As many as 21 of 23 critics compiled by Rotten Tomatoes praised this film.
One of the praises came from Brian Lowry as a critic of CNN. According to him, Shang-Chi is a film that was done smartly in an effort to diversity in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) franchise.
“In addition to quibble, Shang-Chi is a continuation (film) from Marvel that was done smartly in the midst of trying to be more diverse,” said Lowry’s review.
Laura Sirikul as a critic of Empire Magazine also discussed about diversity, namely the representation of Asia. He considered Shang-Chi to be on the right path as a film that represents Asia.
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings and some Hollywood Movies Got Troubled in China
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings topped the world box office charts. Unfortunately, this achievement is less than perfect because the Marvel comics hero’s path to China was blocked by the censorship of the Bamboo Curtain Country, as reported by DailyMail, September 8, 2021.
There are at least two triggers for Shang Chi’s failure to visit China. First, the presence of the villain, Fy Manchu, ignited the negative sentiments of the country’s critics. This is heated by the second factor, namely a screenshot containing a snippet of Simu Liu’s interview in 2017.
The actor allegedly said, “When I was young, my parents told me these stories about growing up in communist China.” He further said that there people were starving. As a result, the recording of this old-school interview angered the Chinese public.
- Brokeback Mountain (2005)
Of course the gay theme can’t get away with it in China. It’s no wonder that Brokeback Mountain, which won three Oscars, “lost” in the country even though it was directed by Ang Lee. Even so, the Chinese government lauds the filmmaker’s achievements. “Ang Lee is the pride of Chinese people around the world. He is the glory of Chinese cinematic talent,” the China Daily newspaper reported on Ang Lee’s Oscar success, early 2006.
- The Departed (2006)
The sharpness of China’s censorship scissors is indiscriminate. Martin Scorsese is the next “victim”. The maestro’s work, The Departed, is banned in China because Costello (Jack Nicholson) sold stolen missile guides to the Chinese government which turned out to be fake.
“Our censors did not approve the distribution of the film because the content was not suitable for Chinese audiences. It is very bloody and violent,” said a spokesman for the film bureau of the State Administration of China Radio Film and Television.
- The Dark Knight (2008)
Calm down Shang Chi, you are not the first superhero who failed to travel to China. In December 2008, Christopher Nolan’s version of Batman buried the dream of making money from the country.
Warner Bros., in an official statement proclaimed by SlashFilm, announced, “Based on a number of pre-release conditions in The Dark Knight and cultural sensitivity to certain elements of the film, we have chosen not to release this film in theaters in China.”
- Avatar (2009)
When Avatar “colonized” the world, China intervened. James Cameron’s work was forced to leave theaters after two weeks of release because the film was judged to have the potential to spark “civil unrest.” However, three-dimensional versions of Avatar are still allowed. patriotic afi about the life of Confucius. Despite being forced off the screen, Avatar has brought home 40 million US dollars
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