Paramount Network’s 68 Whiskey writer and Marvel creator Dylan Park-Pettiford called Shang-Chi critics “racist incels.”
Park-Pettiford revealed his relationship with Marvel when he announced he was adding a number of new characters to Marvel’s universe back in June.
He tweeted, “And two decades later, the folks at Marvel let me create a couple new characters to add to their universe.”
And two decades later, the folks at Marvel let me create a couple new characters to add to their universe. pic.twitter.com/MEBf2vVpnp
— Dylan Park (@dyllyp) June 17, 2021
However, he was mum on what exactly he was doing with Marvel telling one Twitter user, “The NDA I signed says you’re just gonna have to wait lol.”
The Marvel creator and Whiskey 68 writer’s comments towards Shang-Chi critics began in response to a tweet from YouTuber Ryan Kinel who asserted, “People sure are excited about the 3rd weekend for an MCU film of all time lol. Almost like we were in this same spot after Black Widow opening weekend a few months ago, and that resulted in such a big box office disappointment that ScarJo sued Disney.”
In response to this tweet, Park tweeted, “Shang-Chi hit $90+M in North America. Just say you don’t know what you’re talking about and stay mad, dork.”
While Park decided to start off with an ad-hominem attack, it’s actually he who is misinformed about the box office totals.
According to The-Numbers, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings only earned $75.3 million in its opening domestic weekend that includes box office grosses from September 2nd to September 5th.
On Labor Day, the film earned an additional $19.2 million to put it’s Labor Day weekend haul at $94.6 million.
If you look at the film’s total gross including Labor Day, the film’s opening weekend puts it just above Guardians of the Galaxy, which earned $94.3 million in its opening weekend. It’s good for the 10th worst film or 15th best film based on box office haul.
However, if you factor in for inflation, the film takes a steep tumble down the charts. The film only bests Black Widow, Ant-Man and the Wasp, Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger, Ant-Man, and The Incredible Hulk. Meaning it’s the 7th worst MCU film based on box office haul.
Again, that’s all if you include Labor Day. If you exclude Labor Day, the film only earned $75.3 million. That makes it the fifth worst film based on total gross. It bests only Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger, Ant-Man, and The Incredible Hulk.
Factoring in inflation, the film only edges out Ant-Man and The Incredible Hulk making it the third worst performing film at the domestic box office for a MCU film.
Despite being wildly misinformed about box office tracking, Park would then tweet, “Laughing at all the racist incels who are furious because Shang-Chi didn’t flop. Cope, losers.”
Not only did Park reveal he’s misinformed about box office tracking, but as Kinel noted in a response, Park’s chart appears to be from before July 2021 as Black Widow’s opening weekend box office is not included. Black Widow debuted earlier this year in July. It grossed $80.3 million in its opening weekend and went on to earn a domestic total of $182.6 million and a global total of $369.9 million.
Kinel tweeted, “You shared a graphic that shows Thursday-Sunday numbers (that don’t even include Black Widow, and aren’t adjusted for inflation), yet quoted a Thursday-Monday number for Shang-Chi. You’re the one who clearly has no idea what you’re talking about, you dumb f***.”
Park responded tweeting, “Monday counts towards the opening weekend figures, because it was a holiday weekend. Take a lap and try again when you’re ready.”
Kinel responded in kind, “No, it doesn’t. You just looked up a chart was probably from 2019 because you didn’t want to really do any research. Don’t worry, I helped your dumb a** out and showed you the real chart. You’re welcome.”
As Kinel notes, Mondays are not included in opening weekends. As The-Numbers, a box office tracking website, clearly reports the film’s opening weekend is $75.3 million.
Nevertheless, Park would double down on his claims.
He responded to Kinel tweeting, “This is the part where you stop trying.”
He then proceeded to share a screenshot from Wikipedia article, which interestingly enough he crops to include relevant information that refutes his claim.
The actual Wikipedia article states, “A large component of the weekly gross is the weekend box office. Historically, this was reported as the box office receipts around Friday through Sunday plus any public holidays close to the weekend, such as a 4-day Memorial Day weekend, however, with the increased regularity of reporting of box office figures, a comparable 3-day figure for the Friday to Sunday is now also used. In particular, the weekend box office for the initial week of release, or opening weekend, is often widely reported.”
Kinel responded to Park writing, “I’m educating you on how the box office is actually tracked and used to compare between otherwise in the franchise, including evidence. You’re searching out Wikipedia articles because you realized you shared a chart that didn’t align with what you were trying to compare.”
Park doubled down again. He tweeted, “No, I’m posting you articles to show you that you don’t know what you’re talking about. Thursday previews and holidays count towards opening weekend. I know you wanted it to fail so hard, but it’s not. Sorry if that hurts your feelings. (I’m not.)”
What do you make of Park’s attacks on critics of Shang-Chi and those pointing out that Shang-Chi’s opening weekend was the 3rd worst in Marvel Cinematic Universe history?