Simu Liu throws a perfect strike plus a BACKFLIP for the first pitch at a San Francisco Giants game


While his hit Marvel Studios movie Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings was breaking box office records, Simu Liu was dazzling fans in San Francisco.

The 32-year-old actor threw out the ceremonial first pitch Sunday afternoon at Oracle Park before the San Francisco Giants took on the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The actor, who filmed several scenes for Shang-Chi in various neighborhoods of San Francisco, not only delivered a perfect strike… but also wowed fans with a backflip on the mound.

Dazzling: While his hit Marvel Studios movie Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings was breaking box office records, Simu Liu was dazzling fans in San Francisco

First pitch: The 32-year-old actor threw out the ceremonial first pitch Sunday afternoon at Oracle Park before the San Francisco Giants took on the Los Angeles Dodgers

First pitch: The 32-year-old actor threw out the ceremonial first pitch Sunday afternoon at Oracle Park before the San Francisco Giants took on the Los Angeles Dodgers

Backflip: The actor, who filmed several scenes for Shang-Chi in various neighborhoods of San Francisco, not only delivered a perfect strike... but also wowed fans with a backflip on the mound

Backflip: The actor, who filmed several scenes for Shang-Chi in various neighborhoods of San Francisco, not only delivered a perfect strike… but also wowed fans with a backflip on the mound

The video was posted on the Major League Baseball Twitter on Sunday afternoon, showing the actor delivering the pitch and showing his backflip, while making a bold claim as well.

‘@SimuLiu with a perfect strike AND a backflip. Gotta be one of the best first pitches this year,’ the tweet read.

Liu quote retweeted MLB’s tweet, adding, ‘That pitch was like 500% faster in my head GO GIANTS!,’ while tagging the official @shangchi Twitter.

Bold claim: The video was posted on the Major League Baseball Twitter on Sunday afternoon, showing the actor delivering the pitch and showing his backflip, while making a bold claim as well

Bold claim: The video was posted on the Major League Baseball Twitter on Sunday afternoon, showing the actor delivering the pitch and showing his backflip, while making a bold claim as well

Best first: '@SimuLiu with a perfect strike AND a backflip. Gotta be one of the best first pitches this year,' the tweet read

Best first: ‘@SimuLiu with a perfect strike AND a backflip. Gotta be one of the best first pitches this year,’ the tweet read

Faster: Liu quote retweeted MLB's tweet, adding, 'That pitch was like 500% faster in my head GO GIANTS!,' while tagging the official @shangchi Twitter

Faster: Liu quote retweeted MLB’s tweet, adding, ‘That pitch was like 500% faster in my head GO GIANTS!,’ while tagging the official @shangchi Twitter

While the bulk of the filming for Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings took place in Australia, Liu and the rest of the cast and crew did film several scenes in San Francisco.

Filming took place in the Fisherman’s Wharf, Russian Hill, Noe Valley and Nob Hill neighborhoods of San Francisco in October 2020.

While Liu was throwing out the first pitch, en route to a Giants victory over the Dodgers, his film decimated the all-time Labor Day holiday weekend box office records.

San Francisco filming: While the bulk of the filming for Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings took place in Australia, Liu and the rest of the cast and crew did film several scenes in San Francisco

San Francisco filming: While the bulk of the filming for Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings took place in Australia, Liu and the rest of the cast and crew did film several scenes in San Francisco

Box office: While Liu was throwing out the first pitch, en route to a Giants victory over the Dodgers, his film decimated the all-time Labor Day holiday weekend box office records

Box office: While Liu was throwing out the first pitch, en route to a Giants victory over the Dodgers, his film decimated the all-time Labor Day holiday weekend box office records

Shang-Chi took in $71.4 million over the three-day weekend and an estimated $90 million over the four-day holiday weekend, both figures more than enough to destroy the previous record.

The record was previously held by director Rob Zombie’s 2007 Halloween remake, which earned $30.5 million over the four-day holiday frame.

The Marvel adventure opened in 4,300 theaters over the weekend, earning an impressive $20,930 per-screen average in its first weekend. 

Box office hit: While Liu was throwing out the first pitch, en route to a Giants victory over the Dodgers, his film decimated the all-time Labor Day holiday weekend box office records

Box office hit: While Liu was throwing out the first pitch, en route to a Giants victory over the Dodgers, his film decimated the all-time Labor Day holiday weekend box office records

Record breaker: The record was previously held by director Rob Zombie's 2007 Halloween remake, which earned $30.5 million over the four-day holiday frame

Record breaker: The record was previously held by director Rob Zombie’s 2007 Halloween remake, which earned $30.5 million over the four-day holiday frame

Shang-Chi also had a strong weekend overseas, with an estimated $56.2 million foreign box office haul.

Surprisingly, the movie, which features a slew of Chinese stars such as Michelle Yeoh and Tony Leung, does not have a release date planned in China quite yet. 

Since most Marvel movies fare quite well in China, the second largest box office market in the world behind the United States, it may have an effect on Shang-Chi’s global haul if it fails to enter the Chinese marketplace. 

Overseas: Shang-Chi also had a strong weekend overseas, with an estimated $56.2 million foreign box office haul

Overseas: Shang-Chi also had a strong weekend overseas, with an estimated $56.2 million foreign box office haul

No China date: Surprisingly, the movie, which features a slew of Chinese stars such as Michelle Yeoh and Tony Leung, does not have a release date planned in China quite yet

No China date: Surprisingly, the movie, which features a slew of Chinese stars such as Michelle Yeoh and Tony Leung, does not have a release date planned in China quite yet



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