|As an Actor||Leading||29||$1,101,232,479||$1,494,575,856||$2,595,808,335|
|Lead Ensemble Member||2||$80,854,024||$57,968,478||$138,822,502|
|In Technical Roles||Producer||7||$19,334,824||$389,046,602||$408,381,426|
|Best known as a Leading Actor based on credits in that role in 29 films, with $2,595,808,335 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #71)|
|Best-Known Acting Roles: Monkey (Kung Fu Panda 3), Mr. Han (The Karate Kid), Master Monkey (Kung Fu Panda), Monkey (Kung Fu Panda 2), Detective Inspector Lee (Rush Hour 2)|
|Best-Known Technical Roles: Rush Hour 3 (Stunt Coordinator), Rush Hour (Stunt Coordinator), Shanghai Noon (Executive Producer), The Foreigner (Producer), Around the World in 80 Days (Executive Producer)|
|Most productive collaborators: Stanley Tong, Renny Harlin, Daniel Lee, Jaden Smith, Harald Zwart|
|Born: April 7th, 1954 (63 years old)|
October 15th, 2017
This weekend will be another winner for horror movies, with Happy Death Day powering into first place with a projected $26.5 million, according to Universal’s Sunday morning numbers. That puts it miles ahead of Blade Runner 2049, which failed to broaden its audience this weekend, and is down 54% to $15.1 million, for $60.6 million in total.
October 1st, 2017
September destroyed the previous September monthly record for total box office take, with $800 million or so (we won’t know the exact figure until after the weekend), which tops 2016’s record of $616 million. Granted, this is almost entirely due to It’s record breaking run, and the rest of the month was merely average. Kingsman: The Golden Circle was the only other film to come close to $100 million. October doesn’t look any better, as far as depth is concerned. Blade Runner 2049 is widely expected to be the biggest hit of the month, but it is the only film expected to reach $100 million domestically. Boo 2 should be the second biggest hit of the month, while there are only a couple of other films that have a shot at $50 million. Part of the problem is the level of competition, as there are 16 films opening during the four October weekends. (Needless to say, some of the predictions below will be a little short, as there’s not much to say about a film that will barely open in the top ten and disappear two weeks later.) That’s way too many and most will be buried by the competition. Last October was a flop, as no film earned more than $100 million at the box office. There were a few films that came close, including the original Boo! movie. As long as Blade Runner 2049 matches expectations, 2017 should win the year-over-year comparison by a small margin. If we get one surprise hit, then 2017 has a real shot at closing the gap with 2016 by a significant margin. I choose to be cautiously optimistic.
August 10th, 2017
August 1st, 2017
July is over and we should all be happy about that. Granted, there were some positive results we can talk about. Spider-Man: Homecoming is a huge hit and Despicable Me 3 will pull in a sizable profit before it reaches the home market. There were also a couple of other $100 million hits and a midlevel hit or two; however, overall, 2017 wasn’t able to compete with 2016 and the box office finally lost its lead over last year. 2017 started the summer about $200 million ahead of 2016, but will finish July about $100 million behind last year’s pace. August doesn’t look any better. There are a couple of films that have a reasonable shot at $100 million, The Dark Tower and Annabelle: Creation, as well as a few that should be solid midlevel hits. However, last year we had Sausage Party and Don’t Breathe, both of which nearly hit $100 million, then we had midlevel hits like Pete’s Dragon, Kubo and the Two Strings, and War Dogs. I don’t know if 2017 will be able to compete with that. ... Now some of you are thinking I forgot about Suicide Squad. Trust me, I will never forget that movie. I ignored it to make a point. Even without Suicide Squad, I don’t think 2017 will make up the deficit it has with 2016. With Suicide Squad, it is going to be a disaster. I want to be optimistic, but there’s no evidence to suggest I should be.
January 27th, 2017
This is usually a terrible time of year to release a limited release. There are some exceptions to this rule, including releasing a foreign-language film that just picked up an Oscar nomination. That’s the case with The Salesman, which is arguably the best release on this week’s list.
January 6th, 2017
It shouldn’t surprise anyone that the first weekend of January is a slow week for limited releases. It’s too late to qualify for this year’s Awards Season and the competition for late entries into the Oscar race is intense. I, Daniel Blake is the best of a limited field and is certainly worth checking out, while Accidental Courtesy: Daryl Davis, Race & America is also worth it, if you like documentaries.
September 2nd, 2016
It’s a bad week for limited releases, as the only two films earning any real advance buzz are Skiptrace and Yoga Hosers, neither of which are earning good reviews. Of all of the films on this week’s list, Zoom is the only one I really want to see. It’s just $5 to rent on Video on Demand.
July 28th, 2016
Skiptrace earned first place internationally with $47.37 million over the weekend for a total opening of $63.04 million. The film dominated the box office in its native China with $45.58 million last weekend for a four-day opening of $61.25 million. This is the best opening in Jackie Chan's career, but unfortunately, it is only getting a limited release here.
August 11th, 2015
Fortunately, summer is coming to an end, so the quality of the home market releases will start to climb very soon. Unfortunately, this week the biggest first-run release is Unfriended. It is worth picking up, if you are a fan of the genre, but it is not exactly a blockbuster title. As for the best releases of the week, I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story is close to the top of the list. However, in the end I went with Felicia Day: You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost), which is a bit of an unorthodox choice, as it is not a DVD or Blu-ray. However, it is the best new release of the week.
July 27th, 2014
The first Ong-Bak film looked like it would propel Tony Jaa to super stardom. That hasn't worked out just yet, but there were two other films made in the franchise, which is being released this week. It is just the previous Blu-rays being released in a box set, but I only reviewed one of these films previously, so I jumped at the chance to see the other two. Are they worth picking up if you don't have them already?
March 25th, 2014
It is a good, but very shallow week on the home market. The Wolf of Wall Street is leading the pack, with the Blu-ray Combo Pack earning first place and DVD earning second. This is a $100 million hit and a multi-Oscar nominee, so it is not surprising it is earning the top two spots. On the other hand, third place currently belongs to Monster High: Frights, Camera, Action! on DVD. That's a real sign that it is a shallow week. That's not to say some of the smaller releases are not worth picking up. Mystery Science Theater 3000: XXIX is certainly a contender for Pick of the Week, but in the end I went with The Wolf of Wall Street. On a side note, Continuum: Season 2 on Blu-ray earned the Puck of the Week, for Best Canadian Release.
May 7th, 2013
There are a flood of Blu-rays from Echo Bridge coming out this week. This includes The Hoax (Buy from Amazon), which I previously reviewed; Dragon Lord (Buy from Amazon), a Jackie Chan film from 1982; Fortress (Buy from Amazon) a middling sci-fi action film; and many others. I was able to get screeners for three of these films, starting with The Grifters.
|9/22/2017||The Lego Ninjago Movie||Master Wu/Mr. Liu||$52,483,502||$45,241,718||$97,725,220|
|8/11/2017||The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature||Mr. Feng||$28,370,522||$12,726,760||$41,097,282|
|1/27/2017||Gong fu yu jia||$362,657||$254,206,959||$254,569,616|
|1/6/2017||Railroad Tigers||Ma Yuan||$218,044||$101,296,081||$101,514,125|
|1/29/2016||Kung Fu Panda 3||Monkey||$143,528,619||$375,085,764||$518,614,383|
|9/4/2015||Tian jiang xiong shi||Huo An||$74,070||$122,445,804||$122,519,874|
|6/5/2015||Jing cha ju shi 2013||Zhong Wen||$0||$0||$0|
|3/25/2014||Sap ji sang ciu||$0||$0||$0|
|12/31/2013||Jing cha gu shi er ling yi san||Detective Zhong Wen||$0||$86,340,000||$86,340,000|
|12/31/2012||Shi Er Sheng Xiao||Asian Hawk||$0||$169,994,606||$169,994,606|
|10/7/2011||Xinhai geming||Huang Xing||$135,739||$8,457,415||$8,593,154|
|5/26/2011||Kung Fu Panda 2||Monkey||$165,249,063||$499,588,484||$664,837,547|
|12/31/2010||Da bing xiao jiang||$0||$0||$0|
|6/11/2010||The Karate Kid||Mr. Han||$176,591,618||$175,183,320||$351,774,938|
|1/15/2010||The Spy Next Door||$24,307,106||$22,445,752||$46,752,858|
|6/6/2008||Kung Fu Panda||Master Monkey||$215,434,591||$416,475,940||$631,910,531|
|4/18/2008||The Forbidden Kingdom||Old Hop/Lu Yan||$52,075,270||$77,000,000||$129,075,270|
|8/10/2007||Rush Hour 3||Chief Inspector Lee||$140,125,968||$116,459,914||$256,585,882|
|2/13/2007||Ging chaat goo si juk jaap||Chan Ka Kui||$0||$0||$0|
|6/16/2004||Around the World in 80 Days||Passepartout/Lau Xing||$24,004,159||$48,000,000||$72,004,159|
|8/22/2003||The Medallion||Eddie Yang||$22,108,977||$0||$22,108,977|
|2/7/2003||Shanghai Knights||Chon Wang||$60,470,220||$27,846,615||$88,316,835|
|9/27/2002||The Tuxedo||Jimmy Tong||$50,586,000||$53,843,625||$104,429,625|
|8/3/2001||Rush Hour 2||Detective Inspector Lee||$226,164,286||$121,261,546||$347,425,832|
|10/20/2000||The Legend of Drunken Master||Wong Fei-hong||$11,546,543||$0||$11,546,543|
|5/26/2000||Shanghai Noon||Chon Wang||$56,932,305||$14,257,530||$71,189,835|
|9/18/1998||Rush Hour||Detective Inspector Lee||$141,186,864||$104,113,136||$245,300,000|
|3/20/1998||Mr. Nice Guy||Jackie||$12,716,953||$19,000,000||$31,716,953|
|2/27/1998||An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood …||Himself||$45,779||$0||$45,779|
|1/10/1997||Jackie Chan’s First Strike||Jackie||$14,601,662||$0||$14,601,662|
|7/26/1996||Supercop||Chen Chia-chu (Golden Horse)||$16,270,600||$0||$16,270,600|
|2/23/1996||Rumble in the Bronx||Ah Keung||$32,281,907||$3,956,845||$36,238,752|
|8/23/1985||The Protector||Billy Wong||$829,239||$0||$829,239|
|6/29/1984||Cannonball Run II||Jackie||$28,100,000||$0||$28,100,000|
|6/19/1981||The Cannonball Run||First Subaru Driver||$57,498,710||$0||$57,498,710|
|8/29/1980||The Big Brawl||Jerry Kwan||$8,527,743||$0||$8,527,743|
|8/15/1973||Enter the Dragon||Oharra's henchman||$21,483,063||$0||$21,483,063|
|6/30/2017||Ni Shi Ying Jiu||Producer||$108,970||$29,510,000||$29,618,970|
|5/20/2016||Manhattan Nocturne||Executive Producer||$0||$150,432||$150,432|
|9/4/2015||Tian jiang xiong shi||Producer,|
|6/5/2015||Jing cha ju shi 2013||Producer,|
|3/25/2014||Sap ji sang ciu||Director||$0||$0||$0|
|12/31/2012||Shi Er Sheng Xiao||Director||$0||$169,994,606||$169,994,606|
|10/7/2011||Xinhai geming||General Director,|
|8/10/2007||Rush Hour 3||Stunt Coordinator||$140,125,968||$116,459,914||$256,585,882|
|6/16/2004||Around the World in 80 Days||Executive Producer,|
|5/26/2000||Shanghai Noon||Executive Producer||$56,932,305||$14,257,530||$71,189,835|
|9/18/1998||Rush Hour||Stunt Coordinator||$141,186,864||$104,113,136||$245,300,000|