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All Jackie Chan Movies Ranked

Considering how often Jackie Chan movie titles were changed on their journey to America, it’s understandable to be confused going through his films – even after you’ve watched them. Like, did Operation Condor 2 come out before the first Operation Condor? Is Supercop actually part of the Police Story franchise? How many “new” Police Stories are there, anyways? This is alleviated by the fact that you could just throw your hands up and pick a random Jackie Chan movie from the ’80s and, chances are, it’s gonna be pretty dang good. Police Story and Police Story 2 were made during this decade (and have been added to The Criterion Collection), along with Project A, Project A2, and Armour of God – all representing an explosive debut of a relentless entertainer willing to leap off buildings, hang on the sides of fast-moving vehicles, avoiding heavy lethal objects at the last second, and do just about every punishing stunt conceivable for our enjoyment.

And the batting average for Jackie Chan movies in the ’90s is nothing to scoff at either. This was the era that brought him international fame, starting with 1995’s Rumble in the Bronx, which led to more eyes on previous films, like Legend of the Drunken Master, and the projects that followed, like Supercop. And Chan resurrected the buddy action/comedy with Owen Wilson in Shanghai Noon, and Chris Tucker in Rush Hour, where people to this day are still hoping for a third sequel. (Fun fact: Rotten Tomatoes founder Senh Duong was inspired to create the site after an inconvenient night searching for reviews on movies like First Strike and Who Am I?. So no Jackie Chan, no Rotten Tomatoes. And then where would we be? The dark ages, that’s where.)

After a string of mediocre big-budget Hollywood affairs (The Tuxedo, The Medallion, and The Spy Next Door among them), Chan has mainly been working in China, continuing to produce, direct, and explore more dramatic roles. And with Rumble in the Bronx celebrating the 25th anniversary of its American release, we’re taking a look back (stretching first, so as to not hurt ourselves) on every Jackie Chan movie and ranking them by Tomatometer!

#49

1911 (2011)
8%

#49
Adjusted Score: 8129%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Having studied the art of modern warfare in Japan, China's Huang Xing (Jackie Chan) becomes one of the leaders in... [More]
Directed By: Jackie Chan, Li Zhang

#48
#48
Adjusted Score: 14820%
Critics Consensus: Lacking a script funny enough to cover up for Jackie Chan's fading physical gifts, The Spy Next Door fails on every conceivable level.
Synopsis: Bob Ho (Jackie Chan), an undercover operative for the CIA, decides to give up his career and marry his girlfriend,... [More]
Directed By: Brian Levant

#47
Adjusted Score: 17946%
Critics Consensus: The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature may be a slight improvement over its predecessor, but its frantic animated antics still offer minimal entertainment to all but the least discriminating viewers.
Synopsis: Surly the squirrel and his animal friends find out that the corrupt mayor of Oakton plans to bulldoze their beloved... [More]
Directed By: Cal Brunker

#46

The Medallion (2003)
17%

#46
Adjusted Score: 19909%
Critics Consensus: The use of special effects diminishes some of Chan's appeal in this disposable picture.
Synopsis: Eddie (Jackie Chan) is an indomitable Hong Kong cop who, after a near fatal accident involving a mysterious medallion, is... [More]
Directed By: Gordon Chan

#45

Rush Hour 3 (2007)
18%

#45
Adjusted Score: 24612%
Critics Consensus: Rush Hour 3 is a tired rehash of the earlier films, and a change of scenery can't hide a lack of new ideas.
Synopsis: East meets West again when the assassination of Ambassador Han leads to the reunion of Lee (Jackie Chan) and Carter... [More]
Directed By: Brett Ratner

#44

The Myth (2005)
20%

#44
Adjusted Score: 4787%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: An archaeologist (Jackie Chan) finds adventure while searching for a gemstone and while dreaming he is a general to an... [More]
Directed By: Stanley Tong

#43

The Protector (1985)
20%

#43
Adjusted Score: 9746%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Two NYPD cops are sent to Hong Kong to catch a drug lord who has kidnapped the daughter of his... [More]
Directed By: James Glickenhaus

#42

The Tuxedo (2002)
21%

#42
Adjusted Score: 25308%
Critics Consensus: Chan is as charming as ever, but his talents are squandered by special effects and bad writing.
Synopsis: Cabbie-turned-chauffeur Jimmy Tong (Jackie Chan) learns there is really only one rule when you work for playboy millionaire Clark Devlin... [More]
Directed By: Kevin Donovan

#41

Bleeding Steel (2017)
22%

#41
Adjusted Score: 22157%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Hong Kong police inspector Lin Dong learns that a biochemical invention has been surgically implanted into his missing daughter. With... [More]
Directed By: Leo Zhang

#40

Iron Mask (2019)
22%

#40
Adjusted Score: 22376%
Critics Consensus: Iron Mask unites Jackie Chan and Arnold Schwarzenegger for a bizarrely misguided adventure that aims for epic fantasy with unintentionally hilarious results.
Synopsis: To save his homeland from certain doom, a kung fu master must escape from the maniacal James Hook in order... [More]
Directed By: Oleg Stepchenko

#39
#39
Adjusted Score: 8965%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: While visiting his estranged daughter (Jing Tian) at a nightclub, a police captain (Jackie Chan) must spring into action when... [More]
Directed By: Ding Sheng

#38

CZ12 (2012)
25%

#38
Adjusted Score: 9396%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A treasure hunter (Jackie Chan) and his team set out on a global quest to find a set of Chinese... [More]
Directed By: Jackie Chan

#37

Vanguard (2020)
28%

#37
Adjusted Score: 31051%
Critics Consensus: Vanguard isn't entirely bereft of fun for action fans, but only the most devout Jackie Chan fans will find much that's truly worth watching here.
Synopsis: Members of a covert security company try to protect an accountant from the world's deadliest mercenary organization.... [More]
Directed By: Stanley Tong

#36
#36
Adjusted Score: 8793%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A less-than-successful exercise equipment salesman yearns for excitement in his life. One ordinary day, Bei (Jackie Chan) follows his instincts... [More]
Directed By: Teddy Chan

#35
Adjusted Score: 36292%
Critics Consensus: Hit-and-miss family fare that bares only the slightest resemblance to Verne's novel.
Synopsis: Phileas Fogg (Steve Coogan) is an inventor living in Victorian England. He believes he can travel around the world in... [More]
Directed By: Frank Coraci

#34

The Climbers (2019)
33%

#34
Adjusted Score: 14692%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Chinese climbers push themselves to the limit -- both mentally and physically -- as they try to scale the summit... [More]
Directed By: Daniel Lee

#33

Dragon Blade (2015)
35%

#33
Adjusted Score: 36152%
Critics Consensus: Dragon Blade is beautifully staged and choreographed, but between the battles, its talented cast is overwhelmed by a dull story and choppy editing.
Synopsis: An exiled Chinese general (Jackie Chan) offers shelter to a renegade Roman (John Cusack) and his legion, then becomes involved... [More]
Directed By: Daniel Lee

#32

Skiptrace (2016)
38%

#32
Adjusted Score: 38128%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A detective from Hong Kong teams up with an American gambler to battle a Chinese criminal.... [More]
Directed By: Renny Harlin

#31

Railroad Tigers (2016)
38%

#31
Adjusted Score: 39669%
Critics Consensus: Railroad Tigers throws a few sparks hearkening back to Jackie Chan's glory days as an action comedy star, but they're smothered by an unfocused story and jarring shifts in tone.
Synopsis: A railroad worker (Jackie Chan) and his ragtag group of freedom fighters find themselves on the wrong side of the... [More]
Directed By: Ding Sheng

#30

Mr. Nice Guy (1997)
43%

#30
Adjusted Score: 44244%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Jackie Chan plays a popular TV chef who accidentally saves a reporter pursued by two warring gangs -- one that... [More]
Directed By: Samo Hung

#29

Twin Dragons (1991)
44%

#29
Adjusted Score: 45778%
Critics Consensus: Despite some entertaining action, this movie has serious plot holes and bad direction.
Synopsis: Decades after the abduction of his newborn twin, world-famous American pianist John Ma (Jackie Chan) arrives in Hong Kong to... [More]
Directed By: Tsui Hark, Ringo Lam

#28

Kung Fu Yoga (2017)
48%

#28
Adjusted Score: 47807%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Jack (Jackie Chan), a world-renowned archaeology professor, and his team are on a grand quest to locate a lost ancient... [More]
Directed By: Stanley Tong

#27

New Police Story (2004)
50%

#27
Adjusted Score: 17877%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Inspector Chan Kwok-Wing (Jackie Chan) was once the shining star of the Hong Kong police force. But that all changed... [More]
Directed By: Benny Chan

#26

Rush Hour 2 (2001)
52%

#26
Adjusted Score: 55742%
Critics Consensus: Rush Hour 2 doesn't feel as fresh or funny as the first, and the stunts lack some of the intricacy normally seen in Chan's films.
Synopsis: After an explosion at the US Embassy in Hong Kong kills two customs agents investigating currency smuggling, Inspector Lee (Jackie... [More]
Directed By: Brett Ratner

#25
#25
Adjusted Score: 64609%
Critics Consensus: Despite ample charm and a few solid gags, The Lego Ninjago Movie suggests this franchise's formula isn't clicking like it used to.
Synopsis: The battle for NINJAGO City calls to action young Master Builder Lloyd, aka the Green Ninja, along with his friends,... [More]

#24
Adjusted Score: 56647%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A Hong Kong police detective, Chan Ka Kui (Jackie Chan), works with the CIA to track a mysterious woman named... [More]
Directed By: Stanley Tong

#23
Adjusted Score: 13649%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A Chinese worker in Japan becomes the leader of an illegal immigrant gang.... [More]
Directed By: Tung-Shing Yee

#22

Miracles (1989)
60%

#22
Adjusted Score: 29110%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A poor country boy (Jackie Chan) heads Hong Kong's crime world while romancing a nightclub singer (Anita Mui) in the... [More]
Directed By: Jackie Chan

#21

Rush Hour (1998)
61%

#21
Adjusted Score: 63786%
Critics Consensus: A kick-ass addition to the cop-buddy film genre.
Synopsis: When a Chinese diplomat's daughter is kidnapped in Los Angeles, he calls in Hong Kong Detective Inspector Lee (Jackie Chan)... [More]
Directed By: Brett Ratner

#20
#20
Adjusted Score: 67873%
Critics Consensus: This hotly-anticipated pairing of martial arts legends Jackie Chan and Jet Li features dazzling fight scenes but is weighed down by too much filler.
Synopsis: Jason (Michael Angarano), an American teenager, is a huge fan of Hong Kong cinema and old kung-fu movies. While browsing... [More]
Directed By: Rob Minkoff

#19

The Foreigner (2017)
66%

#19
Adjusted Score: 73893%
Critics Consensus: The Foreigner adheres strictly to action thriller formula, but benefits from committed -- and out of character -- performances from its talented veteran stars.
Synopsis: Quan is a humble London businessman whose long-buried past erupts in a revenge-fueled vendetta when the only person left for... [More]
Directed By: Martin Campbell

#18

Shanghai Knights (2003)
66%

#18
Adjusted Score: 69930%
Critics Consensus: A silly, anachronistic mess, but the pairing of Chan and Wilson makes the movie fun.
Synopsis: After taming the wild west in the comedy "Shanghai Noon," Chon Wang (Jackie Chan) and Roy O'Bannon (Owen Wilson) are... [More]
Directed By: David Dobkin

#17

The Big Brawl (1980)
67%

#17
Adjusted Score: 42376%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In the 1930s, an effete Chicago mobster (Jose Ferrer) pits a Chinese kicker (Jackie Chan) against a king-size brute called... [More]
Directed By: Robert Clouse

#16

Who Am I? (1998)
67%

#16
Adjusted Score: 30543%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A group of covert CIA operatives trailing a potential new energy source are double-crossed by corrupt agent Morgan (Ron Smerczak),... [More]
Directed By: Jackie Chan

#15

Operation Condor (1991)
70%

#15
Adjusted Score: 67218%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Asian Hawk (Jackie Chan) -- code name Condor -- is a secret agent for hire. Assigned by a Turkish duke... [More]
Directed By: Jackie Chan

#14

Project A 2 (1987)
71%

#14
Adjusted Score: 47725%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Corrupt police inspector Chun (David Lam) has made himself the most powerful law enforcement officer in Hong Kong by staging... [More]
Directed By: Jackie Chan

#13
#13
Adjusted Score: 74223%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: An adventurer (Jackie Chan) and his friend (Alan Tam) aid a woman (Rosamund Kwan) kidnapped by cultists seeking a set... [More]
Directed By: Jackie Chan

#12

Project A (1983)
77%

#12
Adjusted Score: 40844%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Dragon Ma (Jackie Chan) is a lieutenant in the 19th-century Hong Kong marines. Pirates have been terrorizing local waters, with... [More]
Directed By: Jackie Chan

#11
#11
Adjusted Score: 47044%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: An old military man captures a young enemy, taking him on a long journey to collect a reward.... [More]
Directed By: Sheng Ding

#10

Shanghai Noon (2000)
79%

#10
Adjusted Score: 83982%
Critics Consensus: Although the plot is really nothing to brag about, Jackie Chan and Owen Wilson work well together. The cinematography looks great, and Jackie delivers a hilarious performance. This is an old-fashioned crowd-pleaser.
Synopsis: Bumbling Chon Wang (Jackie Chan) works as an Imperial guard in the Forbidden City of China. When Princess Pei Pei... [More]
Directed By: Tom Dey

#9
#9
Adjusted Score: 81437%
Critics Consensus: An entertaining Jackie Chan stunt-fest in which the impressive action sequences overcome the low production value and by-the-numbers plot.
Synopsis: Hong Kong policeman Keung (Jackie Chan) arrives in New York for the wedding of his uncle Bill (Bill Tung), a... [More]
Directed By: Stanley Tong

#8

Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011)
81%

#8
Adjusted Score: 86841%
Critics Consensus: The storyline arc may seem a tad familiar to fans of the original, but Kung Fu Panda 2 offers enough action, comedy, and visual sparkle to compensate.
Synopsis: Now known as the Dragon Warrior, Po (Jack Black) protects the Valley of Peace alongside his friends and fellow kung... [More]
Directed By: Jennifer Yuh Nelson

#7
Adjusted Score: 83611%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Villains kidnap a Hong Kong policeman's (Jackie Chan) girlfriend (Maggie Cheung) as he investigates a bombing/extortion scheme.... [More]
Directed By: Jackie Chan

#6
#6
Adjusted Score: 85545%
Critics Consensus: Jackie Chan sends up some amazing and entertaining fight sequences in The Legend of Drunken Master.
Synopsis: From a land where honor and tradition reign, comes the legend of a martial-arts hero unlike any other -- the... [More]
Directed By: Chia-Liang Liu

#5

Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016)
87%

#5
Adjusted Score: 96905%
Critics Consensus: Kung Fu Panda 3 boasts the requisite visual splendor, but like its rotund protagonist, this sequel's narrative is also surprisingly nimble, adding up to animated fun for the whole family.
Synopsis: Living large and loving life, Po (Jack Black) realizes that he has a lot to learn if he's going to... [More]

#4

Kung Fu Panda (2008)
87%

#4
Adjusted Score: 94519%
Critics Consensus: Kung Fu Panda has a familiar message, but the pleasing mix of humor, swift martial arts action, and colorful animation makes for winning Summer entertainment.
Synopsis: Po the panda (Jack Black) works in his family's noodle shop and dreams of becoming a kung-fu master. His dream... [More]

#3

Crime Story (1993)
93%

#3
Adjusted Score: 93454%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A Hong Kong detective (Jackie Chan) teams with a police veteran (Kent Cheng) to rescue a wealthy businessman from kidnappers.... [More]
Directed By: Kirk Wong

#2

Police Story (1985)
93%

#2
Adjusted Score: 93730%
Critics Consensus: Blending brilliant physical comedy with thrillingly choreographed set pieces, Police Story makes a persuasive case for Jackie Chan as one of the all-time genre greats.
Synopsis: A kung-fu policeman (Jackie Chan) must protect a female witness (Brigitte Lin) from a Hong Kong drug lord for whom... [More]
Directed By: Jackie Chan, Chi-Hwa Chen

#1

Supercop (1992)
96%

#1
Adjusted Score: 98746%
Critics Consensus: Blending hand-to-hand combat with breathtaking stunts and slapstick comedy, Supercop reminds us why Jackie Chan is one of the world's great entertainers.
Synopsis: To infiltrate a drug cartel, police Inspector Chan Ka Kui (Jackie Chan) goes undercover in a Chinese prison. There, he... [More]
Directed By: Stanley Tong

Another wide assortment of summer offerings will hit the multiplexes across North America this weekend. The action-comedy sequel Rush Hour 3 leads the way as the main course and will be joined by side dishes like the fantasy adventure Stardust, the family comedy Daddy Day Camp, and the horror flick Skinwalkers. The third mega-opening in a row should keep overall ticket sales abnormally high for this time of year.

Six years and one week after the last installment opened, Rush Hour 3 hits theaters from coast to coast hoping to recapture the magic that made its two predecessors shatter industry expectations. Jackie Chan, Chris Tucker, and director Brett Ratner have all reteamed (with some handsome raises) for a story about the world’s biggest organized crime syndicate whose secrets are hidden in Paris. The first Rush Hour smashed the September opening weekend box office record with a $33M launch in 1998. Rush Hour 2 set a new August opening record in 2001 with its $67.4M debut which it held until last weekend’s The Bourne Ultimatum arrived. Together, Carter and Lee have arrested $367M domestically and $575M worldwide with their pair of cross-cultural buddy cop hits.

But a lot of time has passed since the last Rush Hour film and some fans may have lost interest in a formula that can easily get tired the third time around. The new pic should play mostly to existing fans and will not create too many new ones. Still, Rush Hour 3 does offer the most ethnic starpower of any film this summer so business from multicultural moviegoers should be very strong. Jason Bourne’s second weekend will provide ample competition for the action crowd, then again Rush Hour 2 had to deal with the second weekend of Planet of the Apes which opened the week before with a similarly potent $68.5M which at the time was the second biggest opening in history. So Chan and Tucker can handle the pressure. Expect those who like this dish to come back for a third helping for what should be the final big bow of the summer season. Crashing into more than 3,100 theaters, Rush Hour 3 could speed to about $61M this weekend.


Chan and Tucker in familiar territory.


The stars come out for Stardust, a new fantasy adventure boasting a cast that includes Michelle Pfeiffer, Claire Danes, Robert De Niro, and Sienna Miller. The PG-13 pic should skew more to a female audience since males have more high-profile choices if they’re looking for action this weekend. Paramount has put a moderate amount of marketing support behind the film – an adequate amount for an August release. But with The Bourne Ultimatum and Rush Hour 3 absorbing roughly $90M in combined business from a broad audience, things will be tough for Stardust and for any other film for that matter. Debuting in about 2,300 locations, an opening weekend of around $11M could result.


Stardust hopes to produce another form of green.

The summer’s oddest couple entered theaters on Wednesday in Daddy Day Camp, a new family comedy starring Oscar-winner Cuba Gooding Jr. which is directed by The Wonder Years star Fred Savage. The PG-rated film is a followup to 2003’s Eddie Murphy hit Daddy Day Care which bowed to $27.6M on its way to a solid $104.3M for Sony. In a world where direct-to-DVD sequels get financed for just about any kids property, Camp seems like just that, only one which got lucky enough to get a theatrical release. Cuba is no Eddie when it comes to selling tickets. Sure, Snow Dogs grossed $81.2M in 2002, but Disney’s brand name and marketing machine were responsible for much of that success. Luckily for Sony there are not too many options for families right now so there is an opportunity, though a small one. Daddy Day Camp hit 2,184 theaters on Wednesday and could collect about $8M for the weekend and around $11M over five days.


Perhaps Cuba is beginning to understand why Eddie didn’t return.

Following in the footsteps of I Know Who Killed Me, Captivity, and Bug, the new horror flick Skinwalkers steps into the ring gunning for the title of worst fright flop of the summer. From Lionsgate and After Dark Films, the PG-13 pic has little marketing or distribution support and is only making a brief appearance at the marquees on its way to video store shelves. Debuting in just 650 theaters, an opening weekend of $1.5M seems likely.


Skinwalkers!

The Bourne Ultimatum made a big splash in its debut last weekend recording the largest August bow in history. However, it has been eroding during the week posting a solid $9.1M on Monday before dropping down to $7.5M on Tuesday. The large upfront turnout should lead to a sharp decline and Rush Hour 3‘s arrival will take away action fans too. Look for a 55% drop for the Matt Damon saga which would give Universal about $31M for the frame and a ten-day tally of $129M.

Fox’s hit toon The Simpsons Movie, already the third highest grossing animated film of the year after the ogre threequel and the rodent comedy, should stabilize this weekend after its hefty sophomore slump of two-thirds. A 50% decline would give Homer and pals around $12.5M for the weekend and a 17-day total of $153M.

LAST YEAR: Will Ferrell stayed put at number one with the hit comedy Talladega Nights despite a 53% drop to $22.1M in its second lap for Sony. Buena Vista raced past expectations with its teen sensation Step Up which bowed in the number two spot with a stellar $20.7M on its way to $65.3M. Paramount’s 9/11 drama World Trade Center debuted in third with $18.7M over three days and $26.5M over five days. The Oliver Stone pic went on to gross a solid $70.3M. The studio’s animated film Barnyard slipped only 39% in its sophomore session to $9.7M taking fourth place. Opening to mild results in fifth was the thriller Pulse with $8.2M on its way to $20.3M for The Weinstein Co. Sony crashed and burned in ninth with the kidpic Zoom which bowed to just $4.5M leading to a weak $11.6M final.

Author: Gitesh Pandya, www.BoxOfficeGuru.com

Chris Tucker is notorious for picking his roles deliberately — the man hasn’t made a movie in nine years that wasn’t Rush Hour, Rush Hour 2 or Rush Hour 3 — but he’s all ready to announce two upcoming projects: a long-gestating comedy where he’ll play the Commander in Chief of the U.S.A. and a stand-up film in the vein of Eddie Murphy‘s Raw.

Tucker told Rotten Tomatoes about the films on a recent press tour to promote RH3. “I’m gonna do this movie called Mr. President,” he said. “I’ve been working on [it] the last few years. I’ll play the first African American President. It’s a comedy and it’s gonna be a fun movie. Something I’ve always wanted to do.”

Tucker will also return to his roots in stand-up, which he continues to perform around the country. “I started doing stand-up before I got into the movies. I did about 20 cities to sharpen up before I did this movie, [to] get my timing back. I’m getting ready to do a world tour.”

He also draws some lofty comparisons to a few other classic live comedy films you might remember. “I’ll do 15 cities in the United States and I’m going to film it like a stand-up comedy film like Richard Pryor’s Live in Concert or Eddie Murphy’s Raw,” he added.

In the meantime, the man whose other career highlights playing Smokey in Friday and Ruby Rhod in The Fifth Element will be back in Rush Hour 3, out August 10.

My grandmother always said "If you can’t say anything nice, then don’t say anything at all." (Too bad I became a film critic, eh granny?) But today I’ll follow her advice while offering you the brand-new trailer to "Rush Hour 3."

Let’s just say I’m not a fan of the series and then go on to explain how the trailer is 40% mildly kinetic action stuff and 60% comedic banter that’s not all that comedic. But what do I know? The first two "Rush Hour" flicks combined to gross something like 531 billion dollars.

My favorite part of the trailer is when Chris Tucker calls the cab driver a smelly Frenchman. Tucker got paid $25 million for this movie because nobody in the world could deliver that line so well.

Directed by Brett Ratner, "Rush Hour 3" hits theaters on August 10th. Here’s that trailer.

It’s really uncool to trash a movie before you see it, but based on what I’ve seen in the first two "Rush Hour" movies — combined with what I just witnessed in this brand-new "Rush Hour 3" clip — I can already tell that this sequel’s simply not for me. I’m sure New Line will really miss my eight bucks.

The gist of this "RH3" scene seems to be this: Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker are being thrown all over the room by a really tall guy while a bunch of children giggle in the background. There are a few sentences that could, I suppose, be described as "jokes," but I may be mistaken on that. (Tucker makes reference to steroids, bunions, and the proper way to say "surrender in Chinese." For this he got about 25 million bucks.)


Can you believe how much they’re paying us?

Am I nuts? Check out this clip and tell me if it makes you want to run out and buy a ticket for "Rush Hour 3," which opens on August 10th and is pretty much guaranteed to make large gobs of money, regardless of my snippy whining.

Source: Yahoo! Movies

MTV.com reports from the set of "Rush Hour 3," where 7’9" Chinese basketball player Sun Ming Ming is playing the heavy to Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan’s perennially fish-out-of-water police detectives.

Brought in by director Brett Ratner, who expressed a desire to inject some "new blood" into the "Rush Hour" series, Sun Ming Ming offers moviegoers the chance to see an updated, inverted look at Bruce Lee’s battle with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in 1978’s "Game of Death." As Ratner told MTV.com:

"It’s the reverse, so now instead of a Chinese guy fighting a big black guy, you have a small black guy fighting a big Chinese guy…I’m not going to show you the outcome, because I want it to be a surprise, but this guy is big."


Tucker and Chan in "Rush Hour 2."

The rest of the article is sprinkled with quotes from Ratner, Tucker, and Chan that are — depending on your point of view regarding the odds of "Rush Hour 3" being the least bit watchable — either exciting or unintentionally humorous, including Tucker calling the movie "one big outtake," Chan saying "I risk my life to do the best," and Ratner’s declaration that "It’s ‘Rush Hour’ to the next level…Look out."

"Rush Hour 3" is being prepared for an August 10th release.

Step right up, "Rush Hour" fans, we’ve got you’re very first snapshots from the flick’s second sequel, the cleverly-titled "Rush Hour 3," which reunites Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker with director Brett Ratner and screenwriter Jeff Nathanson — plus a few new friends/foes.

Check out four new shots from "Rush Hour 3" right here at IGN Movies.

…and right here is where I generally try to fill the story with a bit more information, but since all we’re reporting here is a bunch of pics from an upcoming action comedy, I’ll just use this space to remind you all that Chris Tucker got $25 million for this movie. $25 million! And if I remember correctly, the guy turned it down the first time. (Or maybe it was only $20 million at that point.)

Throw Chan, Ratner and Nathanson into the equation and you’re looking at one BIG expense on behalf of New Line Cinema. Plus the supporting cast is nothing to sneeze at: Max Von Sydow, Vinnie Jones, Roselyn Sanchez, Hiroyuki Sanada and … Roman Polanski? Yep.

"RH3" opens on August 10th.

Although action star Jackie Chan was injured on the set of "Rush Hour 3," we’re very happy to report that it was a minor little thing, and certainly nothing that would get in the way of a guy like Jackie Chan!

From The Hollywood Reporter: "Jackie Chan reinjured his chest while filming a fight scene for "Rush Hour 3," but doctors said it wasn’t a major injury, the veteran action star says in an entry on his Web site.

Chan, 52, injured his chest in March when a stuntman wearing the wrong shoes kicked him during the shooting of a scene for his recent action comedy, "Rob-B-Hood."

This time, he was hit by a steel-reinforced wooden table, Chan said in a posting dated Nov. 27.

Chan said he tried to work through the pain, wearing a stunt belt across his upper chest and taking medication, but the movie’s producers eventually sent him to a doctor. An X-ray cleared him of broken bones or organ injury, he said."

Just another day at the office for Jackie Chan…

We recently learned that Max Von Sydow, Roman Polanski, and Hiroyuki Sanada would be appearing in Brett Ratner‘s "Rush Hour 3," and now we get word on who’ll be the resident female (Noemie Lenoir), plus a bit of the plot breakdown as well…

From ComingSoon.net by way of Variety: "The four-month shoot is set to start Sunday in Paris, where (Chris) Tucker‘s and (Jackie) Chan‘s characters will battle a wing of a Chinese organized crime family. In a rare appearance in a comedy, von Sydow will portray the head of the World Criminal Court, while French actress Lenoir will be the love interest for Tucker’s character.

New Line has set an Aug. 10 release date. The original "Rush Hour" launched in September 1998, and "Rush Hour 2" opened in August 2001; the duo combined for nearly $600 million in worldwide grosses."

Talk about some weird casting news: Seems that not only Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan will be appearing in the long-anticipated (and I’ve no idea why) "Rush Hour 3," but director Brett Ratner has also found room for folks like Max Von Sydow, Roman Polanski, and Hiroyuki Sanada. Weird.

From USA Today: ""In the first movie Jackie was a fish out of water (in L.A), then Chris was one in the second movie (in Hong Kong). Now they are both fish out of water," says director Brett Ratner ("X-Men: The Last Stand"). Targeted for an August 2007 release, Rush Hour 3’s villains include one played by Hiroyuki Sanada ("The Last Samurai"). "He’s a brilliant actor with a martial arts background who has done some incredible films," Ratner says. Also in the cast: Max Von Sydow and Roman Polanski."

Like I said… Weird.

Although considering that neither Jackie Chan nor Chris Tucker are on set yet, there’s not a whole lot of excitement in these "Rush Hour 3" pics. But hey, someone out there might be interested, so here they are.

The pics come from this French site (because "RH3" is shooting in France), with a pointer provided by good ol’ ComingSoon.net.

Brett Ratner‘s "Rush Hour 3" is racing to be ready for an August release date.

(Hey, sorry. It’s an unusually slow news day, especially for a Monday!)

Comedy superstar Will Ferrell scored his first-ever number one opening in a lead role with the stronger-than-expected debut of his latest hit Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby which left all competitors in the dust at the North American box office.

Solid opening weekend results came from the animated comedy Barnyard: The Original Party Animals in second place and the horror film The Descent in fifth, but the Robin Williams thriller The Night Listener failed to find much of an audience in its debut. Overall, the marketplace was healthy and showed substantial improvement over the first weekend of August from the last two summers.

Sony crossed the finish line in first place for the industry-leading eighth time this year with the turbo-charged opening of Talladega Nights which grossed an estimated $47M over the Friday-to-Sunday period. Playing in a massive 3,803 theaters, the PG-13 film about a legendary NASCAR driver averaged a fantastic $12,359 per location. Will Ferrell has collected more than his share of second place trophies. The former Saturday Night Live star has opened at number two numerous times in recent years with films such as Kicking and Screaming, Bewitched, Anchorman, Elf, and Old School. Elf climbed into first place in its second weekend, and Ferrell has had supporting roles and cameos in number one openers from other stars. But Talladega Nights marks the first time he has anchored a top spot debut, and he did it decisively.

Reviews were generally positive for the racing comedy, which co-starred John C. Reilly, Sacha Baron Cohen, and Michael Clarke Duncan, and the weekend gross was roughly three times the take of its closest competition. Sony backed the $73M film with a lavish marketing campaign which involved promotional support from numerous corporate sponsors. Even veteran talk show host Larry King turned his daily chat session on opening night into a one-hour commercial for the film by interviewing Ferrell and Reilly in character as Ricky Bobby and his racing pal Cal Naughton Jr.

Talladega reached a broad audience with young males standing out slightly, as expected. Studio research indicated that 53% of the audience was male and that 52% was under 25. Aside from being Ferrell’s biggest opening weekend ever, the film also generated the third best bow ever in the month of August. Only 2001’s Rush Hour 2 and the following year’s Signs did better with debuts of $67.4M and $60.1M, respectively. Those two pics also launched on the first frame of the month which studios still look at as a good weekend for programming a high-profile summer film on. By this point, most of the season’s tentpole films have played out, but there is still enough summer playing time ahead to have long-term success.

Finishing far back in second place, but still enjoying an impressive debut, was Paramount’s animated comedy Barnyard with an estimated $16M. The PG-rated toon bowed in 3,311 locations and averaged a solid $4,844 per theater. The opening was better than The Ant Bully‘s $8.4M from last weekend, but did not reach the $22.2M debut of Monster House from two weeks ago. Barnyard was produced by Nickelodeon Movies for just over $50M and played mostly to kids and parents. Audience research showed that 75% of the crowd was made up of families with males and females represented evenly. With two other cartoons in the top ten, and with Pirates still pulling in every age group, the opening performance of Barnyard was commendable.

The year’s biggest blockbuster Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest dropped 47% to an estimated $11M boosting its domestic treasure to a stunning $379.7M. That puts the Johnny Depp adventure sequel at number eight among all-time domestic blockbusters surpassing the $377M of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. Pirates also managed to bump Mel Gibson‘s The Passion of the Christ off the all-time top ten list. Overseas, Disney scored another colossal gross taking in $57M from 47 markets to rule the international box office for the fifth straight frame. That sent the offshore cume soaring to $392M and the worldwide haul to $771.7M making it the top-grossing global hit of 2006 after just one month of release. Pirates could certainly be on its way to the one billion dollar mark with another installment in the franchise on deck for a May 2007 release.

Audiences rejected Miami Vice which tumbled a horrendous 62% in its second weekend to an estimated $9.7M. With $45.7M in ten days, the Universal action thriller is on course to end with $65-70M. That would give Vice a domestic gross of about half of its $135M production budget. Good news did, however, come from the U.K. where the cop pic debuted at number one this weekend.

Opening in fifth place was the new horror entry The Descent with an estimated $8.8M from 2,095 locations. The R-rated fright flick about a six-pack of young ladies trapped in an underground cave full of flesh-eating creatures averaged a solid $4,200 per venue. Reviews were unusually positive for the genre and distributor Lionsgate pitched The Descent in its advertising as being from the studio that brought audiences Saw and Hostel. But the opening was far short of the $18.3M and $19.6M that those low-budget hits opened to. Still, with a modest pricetag of its own, the cave exploration flick looks to make a few bucks theatrically and dig up a bigger audience when released on DVD.

Fox’s teen comedy John Tucker Must Die dropped 58% in its second weekend to an estimated $6.1M. With $28.6M in ten days, the revenge flick should find its way to the neighborhood of $40M. Sony’s animated scarefest Monster House followed close behind with an estimated $6M, off 49%, for a $57M cume. Competing toon The Ant Bully fell 54% in its sophomore session to an estimated $3.9M. Warner Bros. has collected just $18.2M in ten days and should conclude with an underwhelming $25-27M.

A pair of films tied for ninth place with an estimated $3.6M each. Universal’s comedy You, Me and Dupree declined 49% and upped its sum to $66.8M. Miramax’s new Robin Williams thriller The Night Listener bowed in 1,367 locations and averaged a weak $2,634 per site.

Opening with healthy but not spectacular results in platform release was the teen drama Quinceanera which grossed an estimated $97,000 from only eight sites for a $12,125 average. The R-rated tale of a Mexican-American girl’s impending coming-of-age party won both the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and was snapped up by Sony Classics. Quinceanera will expand beyond New York and Los Angeles in the weeks ahead.

Three comedies and a bedtime story dropped out of the top ten over the weekend. Fox’s hit fashion industry pic The Devil Wears Prada held up well once again in its sixth frame with an estimated $3.1M, off 35%, lifitng the cume to a stellar $112.7M. It was the Meryl Streep film’s fourth consecutive weekend with a drop of less than 40%. Produced for just $35M, Devil should find its way to a fabulous $120-125M making it one of the more profitable hits of the summer.

On the other hand, the Warner Bros. suspense thriller Lady in the Water has been falling by more than 60% each frame and took in an estimated $2.7M in its third scare. Down a steep 62%, the M. Night Shyamalan pic has grossed only $38.7M in 17 days and looks to drown with a mere $42-44M overall. The production budget was reportedly in the $75M range.

Sony’s Little Man fell 51% to an estimated $2.5M in its fourth outing and pushed its cume to $55.1M. The Wayans brothers pic cost $64M to produce and should end its domestic run with a respectable $58-60M. Fox’s super hero comedy flop My Super Ex-Girlfriend stumbled 73% in its third flight and grossed an estimated $1.1M. With $20.2M in the bank, look for a disappointing $22M finish.

In limited release, Fox Searchlight expanded its hit indie comedy Little Miss Sunshine from seven to 58 theaters in the top dozen markets and grossed an estimated $1.5M. That resulted in a muscular $25,169 average and a $2.2M total. The distributor will add 17 more cities on Friday and widen nationally the following weekend on the heels of strong word-of-mouth momentum.

The top ten films grossed an estimated $115.7M which was up 18% from last year when The Dukes of Hazzard debuted at number one with $30.7M; and up 23% from 2004 when Collateral opened in the top spot with $24.7M.

Author: Gitesh Pandya, www.BoxOfficeGuru.com

According to internet rumors, Brett Ratner might be on his way to assembling that dream cast for "Rush Hour 3," as the Muscles from Brussels himself — Jean-Claude Van Damme — has reportedly revived speculation of his involvement in the Jackie ChanChris Tucker screen reunion.

Rumor of Van Damme‘s involvement in the third "Rush Hour" flick has been floating around for a few months now, as even IMDB has had him penciled in to possibly play a character called Bruno Cavalier in the Ratner project. Yesterday an AICN posting reported that Van Damme had appeared on British TV confirming the role to some degree, although official confirmation has yet to come.


What’s that? Jean-Claude’s joining "Rush Hour 3?"

The AICN rumor also reports that the plot of "Rush Hour 3" will see stars Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker battling the Triads again — in Paris. It also, strangely, claims that Michael Richards — yes, Kramer from "Seinfeld" — will have a role in the pic.

So far, the "Rush Hour 3" production has definitely inked returner Roselyn Sanchez to reprise her role as Isabella Molina, although the early word is that her role this time around will be significantly smaller.

Ratner announced his dream cast a few months back, and it’s one helluva lineup: Gong Li, Aishwarya Rai, Tony Jaa, and Houston Rocket Yao Ming (in a bizarre recreation of the Bruce LeeKareem Abdul Jabbar match up, with Chris Tucker fighting the 7’6" center)…making the thought of Van Damme coming out of direct-to-video retirement a bit less of a stretch.


Gong Li, Aishwarya Rai, Tony Jaa, Yao Ming…dream on Ratner, dream on…

And while we’re on the subject of "Rush Hour 3" casting rumors, let’s not forget Van Damme’s fellow action star, Steven Seagal. Seagal has repeatedly voiced his interest in playing opposite real-life buddy Jackie Chan, and was supposedly up for the villain role now supposedly nabbed by Van Damme.

But timing may be the problem for Seagal’s "Rush Hour 3" aspiration; production on the pic begins in mid-August, leaving little time for Seagal to shoot before he kicks off his European "Mojo Priest" blues tour in September…get your tickets now!


Steven Seagal, ten movies ago in "Half Past Dead."

Lovely young actress Roselyn Sanchez has a pair of high-profile flicks on the way, one of which is a Disney family comedy called "The Game Plan," in which she’ll co-star with The Rock, and the other of which is "Rush Hour 3," in which she’ll (briefly) reprise her role from the first sequel.

From The Hollywood Reporter: "Roselyn Sanchez has landed the female lead in the Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson starrer "The Game Plan" for Walt Disney Pictures. The family comedy centers on a professional quarterback accustomed to the bachelor lifestyle who discovers he has a 7-year-old daughter after an ex-girlfriend dies. Sanchez will play the child’s ballet teacher and the eventual love interest of Johnson’s character. The actress also has booked a small role in New Line Cinema’s "Rush Hour 3," in which she will reprise her role as Isabella Molina. "Game Plan" begins shooting June 26 in Boston."

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