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‘Shang-Chi’ Set to Lead for Third Weekend as ‘Free Guy’ Climbs Up to No. 2 By Reuters


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By Ellise Shafer

LOS ANGELES, ( – Disney is ruling the domestic box office this weekend.

Marvel’s and Disney’s “Shang-Chi”, which is in its third week of release, will remain at the top. An estimated gross of $20-$22 million would place it at the number 1 spot. This would increase its domestic earnings by a substantial $175 million-$177 million. From 4,070 cinemas, Simu Liu’s superhero movie earned $5.8M on Friday. The “Shang Chi” film’s gross will soon surpass that of the Marvel’s “Black Widow,” with $183million so far.

Box office smash “Free Guy”, produced and distributed by Disney by 20th Century Studios, is on track to rise back to No. In its sixth week, it landed at the No. 2. The No. 1 spot on the box-office charts has held steady despite new releases. It remained in the top five for every weekend, occupying the No.1 spot on two weekends. The sci-fi comedy, starring Ryan Reynolds was a hit with $1.3 million in Friday’s sales from 3,288 theatres. It is expected that “Free Guy” will bring its total to $108.3 millions.

Clint Eastwood’s latest film, Warner Bros. “Cry Macho,” will debut in the third spot. The movie took $1.59 million in 3,967 theaters across Friday. This neowestern drama will be able to bring in $4.5million at the box-office over the weekend. It also premiered simultaneously on HBO Max. Universal’s horror film Candyman, a Universal slasher should finish at No. 4. Its estimated 3-day gross was $3.47million, which brings its fourth-week earnings to $53million.

James Wan’s new horror movie, Malignant, is expected to finish in the top five for this weekend. The third act, “Malignant,” has stunned audiences and is available on HBO Max. For a total of $9.6million it is expected to make $2.5 millions this weekend.

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