Yikes! "Double Trouble" Only Made $9,000 in HK
Jaycee Chan’s foray into action comedy, a genre his dad Jackie Chan has had huge success in, is turning into a complete and utter dud.
In China, “Double Trouble” squeaked out $0.7M before dropping off the top ten. In the U.S., it has grossed $45K in a dozen theaters after a couple of weeks in release.
I thought it might do better in Hong Kong, where Jackie had dominated the box office for decades. Nope. It did worst: $9K after two weeks.
I don’t know how it did in Taiwan yet, but these figures don’t look encouraging.
Reviews are terrible too: bland production values, generic story, and incompetently edited and choreographed action scenes.
That’s too bad. I was rooting for him. I guess Jaycee is not a big enough star yet to carry a film by himself. He’ll have to share the billing with more established stars like he did with Nicolas Tse in “Invisible Target” to build up his resume.
He’ll also have to take film more seriously. As is, he’s only making movies to boost his music career, which also isn’t going anywhere at the moment.
The only good news is critics do think Jaycee has some of his father's charm. Let's hope his future films can make the best use of that.