Finally, Jackie Chan gets serious in his latest action-thriller 'The Foreigner.' In this Martin Campbell directorial, the actor plays Quan, a former government spy who refreshes his skills to avenge the death of his daughter. He sets his eyes on former Irish terrorist turned politician Liam Hennessy (Pierce Brosnan) to get the answer.
The film has already opened at the Chinese and Singapore box-office. According to Forbes, "In China, the film scored $11.4 million on its opening day in China on Saturday, before earning around $8.5m on Sunday for a $19.9m two-day total, or $21.1m with online ticketing fees." In the United States, the film opens on October 13. A U.K.-China co-production, the film is based on a 1992 thriller novel by British author Stephen Leather.
Praising Chan's performance, a report on Christian Post stated, "The 63-year-old actor trades off his comical acrobatic moves to more precise killing strikes. Chan is also joined by "Game of Thrones" bad guy Michael Mcelhatton (Roose Bolton) who jokingly declared in a statement with Den of Geek that the martial artist is safe from him."
Made with a budget of $35 million, the film opened alongside sports comedy 'Never Say Die' and the stylish Donnie Yen and Andy Lau-starring Hong Kong crime thriller 'Chasing The Dragon.' However, all the three films failed to set the fire at the box office for the National Day weekend, which is considered as one of the best movie-going time in China. 'Never Say Die' grabbed the top spot for the first day open in with $20m while 'Chasing the Dragon' was lagging far behind with $6.1m.
'The Foreigner' is Chan's least opening in recent times—his 'Dragon Blade' opened with $18.7 million on its first day while action-comedy Kung Fu Yoga earned $39m in its first two days. Trade analysts blame the film's genre (which is less of a family friendly kind) for the slow start.