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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: 24608%
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: 4785%
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: 22156%
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: 22374%
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: 9390%
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: 36291%
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: 45777%
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: 64597%
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: 13654%
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: 63785%
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: 73892%
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: 69929%
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: 30542%
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: 47708%
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: 83610%
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: 96901%
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: 93729%
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

When the sequel to a Jackie Chan-Owen Wilson action comedy is the headliner for a streaming column, you know there isn’t a whole lot to talk about. That said, it is a fairly enjoyable action comedy, and we’ve got some other stuff, too, including a fascinating trilogy, a western thriller, a Netflix original comedy, and a Certified Fresh animated sequel available for purchase. Read on for the full list.


New on Netflix

 

Arabian Nights: Volume 1 -- The Restless One (2015) 97%

This dramatic trilogy based on the classic folk tales and set in contemporary Portugal utilizes the source material’s story-within-a-story format to explore the lives of several everyday citizens. All three chapters are available on Netflix now.

Available now on Netflix: Volume 1, Volume 2, Volume 3


Grace and Frankie: Season 2 (2016) 91%

Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin star in this Netflix original dramedy series about two women who become besties when their husbands reveal they’re in love with each other and plan to marry.

Available now on: Netflix


The Chosen Ones (2015) 85%

This drama from Mexico centers on a young girl in Tijuana who’s forced into prostitution by her boyfriend’s father, who will only let her go if her boyfriend finds another girl to replace her.

Available now on: Netflix


The Keeping Room (2014) 74%

Brit Marling and Hailee Steinfeld star in this western about two Southern sisters who attempt to defend their house from a pair of rogue Union soldiers intent on wreaking violence upon them.

Available now on: Netflix


Shanghai Knights (2003) 66%

Jackie Chan and Owen Wilson reunite for this sequel, which finds the action-comedy duo facing off against new enemies when Chon Wang (Chan) discovers that the Imperial Seal has been stolen and that his father was murdered in the robbery.

Available now on: Netflix


Available to Purchase

 

Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016) 87%

Jack Black returns to voice the lovable martial arts master Po, whose long lost father (Bryan Cranston) suddenly appears and takes him home to meet his panda brethren. When a new threat arises, Po must train his new friends to stand and fight for themselves.

Available May 13 on: Amazon, iTunes, FandangoNOW

Comedies are hard to make and comedy sequels are even harder, when audiences have wised up to your jokes and expect bigger and better. Ben Stiller’s Zoolander 2, coming 15 years after the original, hopes to buck the trend this Friday. And it’s this latest romp down the catwalk inspires this week’s 24 Frames gallery: the best and worst comedy part twos by Tomatometer!

 

A pair of new star-driven comedies will try to steal away some treasure from the record-breaking hit Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest in a laugh-filled battle for the number two slot.

Universal launches You, Me and Dupree starring Owen Wilson, Kate Hudson, and Matt Dillon while Sony counters with Little Man anchored by Marlon and Shawn Wayans. Neither film, though, is expected to come close to the massive second weekend haul that Johnny Depp will take away as his blockbuster sequel looks to shatter the quarter-billion mark in a mere ten days.

52 weeks after Wedding Crashers opened to stellar business, Owen Wilson returns to the big screen playing a slacker in his mid-thirties who moves in with his best friend and his wife who are a newlywed couple. The PG-13 film stars Hudson and Dillon as the lucky duo while Michael Douglas plays the father to Hudson’s character. The date crowd will be the primary audience here and like most romantic comedies, Dupree should skew a little more female. However, the starpower and the concept give the film solid male appeal so both genders should show interest which will be important. Though formulaic and predictable as can be, the Universal release does offer up lots of laughs which will work with audiences willing to check their brain at the door.

As the anchor, Wilson has seen his share of box office hits, especially when there are other stars surrounding him. The R-rated Wedding Crashers with Vince Vaughn bowed to $33.9M this weekend a year ago, 2004’s Starsky and Hutch with Ben Stiller opened to $28.1M, and his last Jackie Chan action-comedy Shanghai Knights debuted to $19.6M. The blonde funnyman plays the exact same character for the umpteenth time, but somehow audiences keep buying it.

June has served up a steady diet of hit comedies like The Break-Up, Click, and The Devil Wears Prada so audiences are certainly not starving for a laugh right now. Competition will be tough and Little Man’s arrival will take away some folks looking for a chuckle too. Even Pirates, which packs a hundred laughs into its two-and-a-half-hour package, will be a factor. But Dupree does offer four big and likable stars even if Douglas has been underutilized in the marketing campaign. The plot has come across very clear in the advertising which is crucial. And the same audience that powered March’s Failure to Launch to a $24.4M opening could be out once again for this one. Making itself comfortable in 3,131 locations, You, Me and Dupree could gross around $22M this weekend.

For the fourth time in seven summers, the Wayans brothers regroup for some raunchy fun in Little Man opening this Friday. Keenan is once again at the helm while younger siblings Marlon and Shawn take to the screen in another high concept story. This time, a pint-sized criminal disguises himself as a toddler in order to uncover a stolen diamond from an unsuspecting couple. CGI allows Marlon to become a little man and laughter ensues. The Wayans clan last hit theaters two years ago in White Chicks which opened to $19.6M and a five-day $27.2M take. Little Man’s plot is not as catchy as Chick’s, but much of their loyal fan base is still likely to give it a try.

Sony has been pushing its latest summer comedy heavily, but with so many other laughers in the marketplace right now, some of the audience will get split. The Wayans team has always had a strong urban following which will once again be out in solid numbers. Waist Deep has been the only summer film anchored by black stars so an underserved audience is sure to come out and drive ticket sales. With about 600 fewer theaters than Dupree, Little Man is likely to find itself debuting in third place with an average that will challenge Owen’s. Poor reviews should not make a difference and a PG-13 rating will open the doors to a large teen crowd that might find Dupree to be too mature. Hiding out in 2,533 theaters, Little Man could make off with about $18M over the weekend.

Dead Man’s Chest set off the kind of box office fireworks last weekend that the industry has never seen before with a towering $135.6M opening and a per-theater average of nearly $33,000 from more than 4,000 locations. Despite its popularity, the Disney smash is bound to see a substantial drop this time coming off of such a large number. Spider-Man, which previously held the record for the largest opening weekend, dropped only 38% in its second session in May 2002 while fellow megahit Star Wars Episode III fell 49%. However, the webslinger was not a sequel and did not have Thursday night preview grosses during its debut frame, and the final Jedi flick had the Memorial Day holiday prevent its decline from surging too high.

Even though audiences are happy with Johnny Depp and his motley crew in their second adventure, big budget summer sequels like Chest are made to erode quickly. Plus with no holiday or expansion to soften the blow, sales could get sliced in half and then some. Weekday sales have been red hot with the Davy Jones pic looting $18.1M on Monday and $15.7M on Tuesday. By the end of its first full week in theaters, Disney should have more than $190M in its chest. A weekend fall to about $66M would give Pirates the third largest sophomore weekend gross in history after Shrek 2 ($72.2M) and Spider-Man ($71.4M). Coincidentally, all three franchises will launch their third installments next May. After only ten days, Captain Jack Sparrow would drink down an amazing $261M worth of rum.

Superman Returns has been completely overshadowed by Pirates. Its 59% sophomore fall last weekend was troubling but this weekend’s decline should stabilize to around 50%. No new action films will be opening which is good news to Warner Bros. A weekend gross of about $11M would give the Man of Steel $163M in 19 days.

Meryl Streep‘s The Devil Wears Prada is likely to see more competition from Dupree than from Little Man.this weekend. A 40% drop would give Fox a weekend take of about $9M and a 17-day cume of $81M surpassing the $71.4M of 2001’s Bridget Jones’s Diary which was also based on a best-selling book.

LAST YEAR: Starting an annual tradition, Johnny Depp was the handsome groom and Owen Wilson settled for the best man spot at the mid-July box office. The dashing pirate reteamed with his favorite filmmaker Tim Burton for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory which opened impressively at number one with a $56.2M debut. The Warner Bros. remake would go on to collect $206.5M domestically and over $470M worldwide. Premiering in its shadow at number two was Wedding Crashers starring Wilson and one of his favorite co-stars Vince Vaughn. The New Line sleeper smash bowed to $33.9M but enjoyed amazing legs and eventually outperformed Charlie in North America with $209.2M. The global gross reached a terrific $285M. Dropping 59% to third place was Fantastic Four with $22.8M in its sophomore frame for Fox. More effects-driven actioners rounded out the top five. Paramount’s War of the Worlds grossed $15.2M and Batman Begins captured $6M for Warners.

Author: Gitesh Pandya, www.BoxOfficeGuru.com

Although we won’t hear the official lineup for a few weeks, the early word on this year’s Cannes Film Festival line-up has Hugh Jackman pulling double duty in two of the fest’s big Hollywood titles, "X-Men: The Last Stand" and Darren Aronofsky‘s "The Fountain."

While previously announced openers "The Da Vinci Code" and the 20-part "Paris, I Love You" are the only official titles so far, Variety’s probed festival insiders for a near-certified list, and it looks to be American- and Euro-heavy.

Although many fans might argue that mutants deserve a shot at the Palme d’Or, "X-Men: The Last Stand" will appear out of competition along with Jackman-Rachel Weisz starrer "The Fountain," DreamWorks’ animated "Over The Hedge," and docs "Al Gore: An Inconvenient Truth" and "John Ford/John Wayne: The Filmmaker and Legend." Audiences will also get a 20-minute peek at Oliver Stone‘s August opener, "World Trade Center."


"X-Men: The Last Stand," "The Fountain," "Over the Hedge," "Volver"

Favorite European directors will also bring their projects to Cannes, nost notably Ken Loach‘s "The Wind That Shakes The Barley," Aki Kaurismaki‘s "Lights at the Edge of the City," and Pedro Almodovar‘s "Volver," which stars frequent muse Penelope Cruz and is already set to his American theaters in October.

Additional films that seem likely to screen include "Babel," with Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, and Gael Garcia Bernal; Richard Linklater‘s "Fast Food Nation," starring Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke; and Guillermo del Toro‘s "Pan’s Labyrinth."

Many films previously speculated to join the festival’s slate will not be ready in time for Cannes: the Diane Arbus biopic "Fur," starring Nicole Kidman; "The Black Dahlia," with lovebirds Scarlett Johansson and Josh Hartnett; David Lynch‘s latest LA mystery, "Inland Empire"; and possible Steven Soderbergh‘s latest, "The Good German."

Famed filmmaker Wong Kar-Wai will serve as the President of the Jury, and will be introduced by this year’s Master of Ceremonies, Vincent Cassel. The irony in Wong’s selection as President is that Asian films will be conspicuously few, as many high-profile Asian projects shoot for Venice in August.

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