Marvels Shang-Chi and the legend of the ten rings premiered last night and performed pretty well according to early box office numbers amid recent COVID-19-era films.

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According to a recent report from Variety, Shang-Chi debuted in Thursday night’s previews at $ 8.8 million, which is good for the second highest preview score of films that debuted during the COVID-19 pandemic. The film just lagged behind Black widow, which grossed $ 13.2 million on its opening night, but other big blockbusters like F9 and A quiet place part II.

With Shang-Chi The film is currently slated to stay in theaters for 45 days and is also expected to make even more money, especially when compared to other films that have hit streaming sites every day when they hit theaters. According to Variety, the film is expected to hit the box office at $ 45 million to $ 50 million, but that number could climb even higher now thanks to the strong early return.

Shang-Chi and the legend of the ten rings shows Kim’s convenience actor Simu Liu as master of Kung-Fu, Shang-Chi in Marvel’s first Asian superhero film. Shang Chi gets into trouble when he has to face his past in a mysterious organization.

The film also stars Awkwafina, Tony Leung, Meng’er Zhang, Fala Chen, Ronny Chieng, Florian Munteanu, Yuen Wah, and Dallas Liu. They are joined by MCU alums Ben Kingsley (Iron man 3), Benedict Wong (Doctor Strange in the multiverse of madness) and Michelle Yeoh in her second role within the MCU after appearing as a different character in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.

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Destin Daniel Cretton directs Shang-Chi and the legend of the ten rings based on a script he wrote with Dave Callaham and Andrew Lanham. It comes from producers Kevin Feige and Jonathan Schwartz, with Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso and Charles Newirth serving as executive producers.