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Birth of the Dragon (2017)

Birth of the Dragon
Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $6,901,965Details
International Box Office $68,846Details
Worldwide Box Office $6,970,811
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  8. Trailer


Birth of the Dragon is not a biopic on Bruce Lee, but rather a modern take on the classic and beloved kung fu films of the past. It is inspired by the real yet controversial fight between a then up-and-coming Bruce Lee and kung fu master Wong Jack Man. Set against the backdrop of 1960s San Francisco, many consider this epic showdown to be the battle that gave birth to a legend.


Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists

All Time Domestic Box Office (Rank 5,501-5,600) 5,515 $6,901,965
All Time International Box Office (Rank 9,801-9,900) 9,884 $68,846
All Time Worldwide Box Office (Rank 7,201-7,300) 7,241 $6,970,811

See the Box Office tab (Domestic) and International tab (International and Worldwide) for more Cumulative Box Office Records.

Movie Details

Domestic Releases: August 25th, 2017 (Wide) by BH Tilt
International Releases: September 8th, 2017 (Wide), released as Birth Of The Dragon (Australia)
September 8th, 2017 (Wide) (Russia (CIS))
September 8th, 2017 (Wide), released as Ejderin Doğuşu (Turkey)
February 23rd, 2018 (Wide) (United Kingdom)
Video Release: November 7th, 2017 by Universal Home Entertainment
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for martial arts violence, language and thematic elements.
(Rating bulletin 2474 (Cert #50612), 5/3/2017)
Running Time: 91 minutes
Comparisons: vs. Star Wars Ep. VII: The Force Awakens
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Keywords: Biography, 1960s, San Francisco, Martial Arts, Martial Arts Master
Source:Based on Real Life Events
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Historical Fiction
Production Companies: Kylin Pictures, Groundswell Productions, WWE Studios, BH Tilt, Anomally Entertainment
Production Countries: United States

Leading Cast

   Bruce Lee

Supporting Cast

Yu Xia    Wong Jack Man
Jin Xing    Auntie Blossom
Jingjing Qu    Xiulan
Ron Yuan   
Billy Magnussen    Steve McKee


Simon Yin    Vinnie Wei

For a description of the different acting role types we use to categorize acting perfomances, see our Glossary.

Production and Technical Credits

Stephen J. Rivele    Screenwriter
Christopher Wilkinson    Screenwriter
Michael Dorgan    Story based on the article ‘Bruce Lee’s Toughest Fight’ by
Michael London    Producer
Janice Williams    Producer
James Hong Pang    Producer
Leo Shi Young    Producer
Stephen J. Rivele    Producer
Christopher Wilkinson    Producer
Jason Blum    Executive Producer
Michael Luisi    Executive Producer
Kelly Mullen    Executive Producer
David Nicksay    Executive Producer
George Nolfi    Executive Producer
Helen Ye Zhong    Executive Producer
Amir Mokri    Director of Photography
David Brisbin    Production Designer
Joel Viertel    Editor
H. Scott Salinas    Composer
Reza Safinia    Composer
Aieshia Li    Costume Designer
Poping Auyeung    Casting Director
Joanna Colbert    Casting Director
Gregory H. Watkins    Re-recording Mixer

The bold credits above the line are the "above-the-line" credits, the other the "below-the-line" credits.

Home Market Releases for November 21st, 2017

November 20th, 2017

The Villainess

It is a slow week on the home market for two reasons. Technically it is one reason, but it is having two effects. It’s Thanksgiving weekend, which means the schedule is really busy and I need to keep this list short in order to save time. Also, while Thanksgiving means Black Friday and Cyber Monday, two of the busiest shopping days of the year, you don’t want to release something new into that storm of chaos. The biggest release of the week, not counting VOD releases is The Hitman’s Bodyguard, which I reviewed. As for the best release on this week’s list, I’m torn between Good Time, NEW GAME: The Complete First Season, and The Villainess. It was down to a roll of the dice, but The Villainess on Blu-ray Combo Pack is the Pick of the Week. More...

Home Market Releases for November 7, 2017

November 8th, 2017

Your Name.

It is not a particularly strong week on the home market. Cars 3 is the biggest new release, but it is far from the best. There were not a lot of contenders for Pick of the Week. The Philadelphia Story and Your Name were the two best with the latter coming out on top and its Blu-ray Combo Pack is the Pick of the Week. More...

Weekend Wrap-Up: Labor Day Bounce Helps Bodyguard Pull In $10.54 million

September 6th, 2017

The Hitman’s Bodyguard

The last weekend of the summer had no new wide releases, so it made sense that the box office would drop even further. However, that was not the case. I think the combination of the last long weekend of the summer and terrible recent box office results led a lot of people to go to the movies one last time before school starts. After all, it is likely most moviegoers haven’t seen a movie in theaters for several weeks. The Hitman’s Bodyguard easily led the way with $10.54 million over three days and $13.27 million including Monday. It earned more over three days than any of its competitors earned over four. Overall, the box office rose 9.8% from last weekend to $76 million. Sadly, this is still 24% lower than the same weekend last year, but it could have been worse. Year-to-date, 2017 has pulled in $7.45 billion, which puts it 6.3% or $500 million behind last year’s pace. More...

Weekend Wrap-Up: Hitman Guards the Top of the Chart with $10.26 million

August 29th, 2017


Amazingly, the weekend box office was actually worse than expected, as every new release we talked about in our predictions missed the Mendoza Line*. This left The Hitman’s Bodyguard with an easy first place with $10.26 million during its second weekend of release, just avoiding the bottom ten worst number one films of the 21st century. It could break the record next weekend, as there are no new wide releases looking to take top spot. Overall, the box office plummeted 28% to just $69 million. This is in the bottom ten smallest domestic weekends of the 21st century, 13th worst including the year 2000. (Interestingly, the year 2000 produced 5 of the worst 7 weekends in that time frame and September 2000 alone has 4 of the 5 worst weekends.) Again, since there are no new wide releases next weekend, we could see this record fall. The $69 million weekend total is 41% lower than the same weekend last year, which is a decline you normally only see when there is a misalignment in holidays. Unfortunately, we’ve seen a similar decline several times in recent weeks. Year-to-date, 2017 has pulled in $7.32 billion, which is $490 million or 6.2% less than 2016’s pace. We really need 2017 to put up some wins soon, or we simply won’t be able to turn around the deficit before the end of the year. More...

Weekend Estimates: Industry Suffering Worst Slump in at Least 30 Years

August 27th, 2017

The Hitman’s Bodyguard

Things are so bad at the box office this weekend that it’s hard to figure out just how bad. We’ve been tracking box office since 1997, and have researched weekend reports back to the beginning of the 1980s, and a diligent search of our database doesn’t offer a weekend that’s clearly been worse than this one. Based on current ticket sales, it’s the 9th-worst in terms of consumer spending since 2000, with $66.6 million reported so far. That number will go up a bit when numbers are announced for all movies on Monday, but most likely only fractionally (I think we have numbers for everything that made over $500,000). But that figure doesn’t account for ticket price inflation. If we do so, things look even more dire… More...

Friday Estimates: Leap! Comes up Lame as Hitman Tops Chart with $3.15 million

August 26th, 2017


As expected, The Hitman’s Bodyguard earned first place on opening Friday, and better than average for the summer. It will likely finish with just under $10 million instead of just over $10 million. This isn’t a major issue for the film, but if it does earn first place with less than $10 million, it will be only the tenth film to do so in the 21st century. Being on this list isn’t necessarily a bad sign for the film and instead is a bad sign for the overall market. For example, Guardians of the Galaxy earned first place during its sixth weekend of release, with just $10.4 million, not because it was struggling, but because the competition was terrible. In this case, The Hitman’s Bodyguard is on pace to become a midlevel hit, while the new releases are all bombs. In fact, the film is on pace to earn enough domestically for Lionsgate’s share to cover its entire production budget and this is reason to celebrate. More...

Weekend Predictions: Will Leap! Make the Box Office Jump for Joy?

August 24th, 2017


This will likely be the worst weekend of the year at the box office, at least so far. There’s only one wide release, Leap!, while there are two other films opening “nationwide” that both have a real shot at the top ten, All Saints and Birth of the Dragon. All three films combined might not earn more than $10 million over the weekend. By comparison, this weekend last year, Don’t Breathe opened with $26.41 million. 2017 is going to lose in the year-over-year comparison yet again and we can hardly afford to fall further back. More...

Contest: Leap of Faith

August 18th, 2017


There is one wide release coming out next weekend, Leap!, and it only has about a 50/50 chance of opening in more than 2,000 theaters. Birth of the Dragon and All Saints are opening in less, but both have a shot at the top five. In fact, All Saints could be the biggest new release of the weekend, as faith-based films are notoriously unpredictable. However, I’m going with Leap! as the target film in this week’s box office prediction contest, because All Saints is just too unpredictable. In order to win, one must simply predict the opening three-day weekend box office number for Leap!.

Whoever comes the closest to predicting the film’s opening 3-day weekend box office (Friday to Sunday), without going over, will win a Frankenprise consisting of their choice of either one TV on DVD release, two movies, or a kids package (could be a theatrical release, a couple of single-disc TV on DVD releases, or a full season TV on DVD release). Whoever comes the closest to predicting the film’s opening 3-day weekend box office (Friday to Sunday), without going under, will also win a Frankenprize, as described above. Finally, we will be choosing an entrant from the group of people who haven’t won, or haven’t won recently, and they will win the final Frankenprize, as described above.

Entries must be received by 10 a.m., Pacific Time on Friday to be eligible, so don’t delay! More...

2017 Preview: August

August 1st, 2017

Annabelle Creation

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. More...

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Domestic Cumulative Box Office Records

Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
2017/08/25 8 $2,702,430   1,618 $1,670   $2,702,430 1
2017/09/01 15 $1,738,645 -36% 1,633 $1,065   $5,396,465 2
2017/09/08 22 $345,065 -80% 702 $492   $6,570,550 3
2017/09/15 27 $122,965 -64% 275 $447   $6,833,170 4
2017/09/22 53 $15,235 -88% 47 $324   $6,895,695 5

Daily Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2017/08/25 7 $1,111,325   1,618 $687   $1,111,325 1
2017/08/26 12 $787,625 -29% 1,618 $487   $1,898,950 2
2017/08/27 9 $803,480 +2% 1,618 $497   $2,702,430 3
2017/08/28 10 $253,040 -69% 1,618 $156   $2,955,470 4
2017/08/29 12 $326,655 +29% 1,618 $202   $3,282,125 5
2017/08/30 13 $188,185 -42% 1,618 $116   $3,470,310 6
2017/08/31 13 $187,510 n/c 1,618 $116   $3,657,820 7
2017/09/01 15 $415,450 +122% 1,633 $254   $4,073,270 8
2017/09/02 14 $669,835 +61% 1,633 $410   $4,743,105 9
2017/09/03 14 $653,360 -2% 1,633 $400   $5,396,465 10
2017/09/04 13 $480,380 -26% 1,633 $294   $5,876,845 11
2017/09/05 9 $166,745 -65% 1,633 $102   $6,043,590 12
2017/09/06 11 $107,125 -36% 1,633 $66   $6,150,715 13
2017/09/07 13 $74,770 -30% 1,633 $46   $6,225,485 14
2017/09/08 - $93,010 +24% 702 $132   $6,318,495 15
2017/09/09 - $154,040 +66% 702 $219   $6,472,535 16
2017/09/10 - $98,015 -36% 702 $140   $6,570,550 17
2017/09/11 - $32,405 -67% 702 $46   $6,602,955 18
2017/09/12 - $49,010 +51% 702 $70   $6,651,965 19
2017/09/13 - $33,890 -31% 702 $48   $6,685,855 20
2017/09/14 - $24,350 -28% 702 $35   $6,710,205 21
2017/09/15 - $32,865 +35% 275 $120   $6,743,070 22
2017/09/16 - $54,850 +67% 275 $199   $6,797,920 23
2017/09/17 - $35,250 -36% 275 $128   $6,833,170 24
2017/09/18 - $10,995 -69% 275 $40   $6,844,165 25
2017/09/19 - $16,480 +50% 275 $60   $6,860,645 26
2017/09/20 - $10,425 -37% 275 $38   $6,871,070 27
2017/09/21 - $9,390 -10% 275 $34   $6,880,460 28
2017/09/22 - $3,750 -60% 47 $80   $6,884,210 29
2017/09/23 - $6,900 +84% 47 $147   $6,891,110 30
2017/09/24 - $4,585 -34% 47 $98   $6,895,695 31
2017/09/25 - $1,120 -76% 47 $24   $6,896,815 32
2017/09/26 - $1,775 +58% 47 $38   $6,898,590 33
2017/09/27 - $1,685 -5% 47 $36   $6,900,275 34
2017/09/28 - $1,690 n/c 47 $36   $6,901,965 35

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
2017/08/25 9 $3,657,820   1,618 $2,261   $3,657,820 1
2017/09/01 15 $2,567,665 -30% 1,633 $1,572   $6,225,485 2
2017/09/08 23 $484,720 -81% 702 $690   $6,710,205 3
2017/09/15 29 $170,255 -65% 275 $619   $6,880,460 4
2017/09/22 54 $21,505 -87% 47 $458   $6,901,965 5

Box Office Summary Per Territory

Territory Release
Box Office
Australia 9/8/2017 $4,165 14 14 14 $4,165 9/11/2017
Russia (CIS) 9/8/2017 $51,988 367 367 367 $51,988 9/13/2017
Turkey 9/8/2017 $9,513 60 60 60 $9,513 9/11/2017
United Kingdom 2/23/2018 $3,180 35 35 35 $3,180 2/28/2018
International Total$68,846 2/28/2018

International Cumulative Box Office Records

Worldwide Cumulative Box Office Records

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