At the Shanghai International Film Festival, Jackie Chan kicked off the Jackie Chan Action Movie Week festival program, which screens a selection of the star’s recent films, with a speech extolling the virtues of the Chinese film industry, specifically their commercial potential. Chan said though the Chinese market was dismissed for many years, it’s now become a force to be reckoned with. He pointed to Duncan Jones’ video game adaptation “Warcraft” as a sign of the Chinese market’s dominance. “‘Warcraft’ made[$91 million] in two days — this has scared the Americans,” says Chan. “If we can make a film that earns [$1.5 billion], then people from all over the world who study film will learn Chinese, instead of us learning English.”
Jones’ “Warcraft” has performed exceptionally well overseas. It opened in over 20 countries around the world before it opened in the United States, including France, Germany, the UK, Sweden, Hong Kong, and many others. Though “Warcraft” has only made under $25 million in the U.S., it has made over $280 million worldwide, much of that stemming from the Chinese market.
Jackie Chan began his career as a stunt man before transitioning into acting full time. He had great success in Hong Kong cinema for many years, and only broke through in Hollywood in the mid-1990’s with the film “Rumble in the Bronx.” Chan then went on to co-star in the “Rush Hour” series, “Shanghai Noon,” and later, the “Karate Kid” remake starring Jaden Smith.