A movie with 2 male Chinese stars playing decent roles did well in China. Perhaps Hollywood might finally get a clue that Asian men can help sell movies and make lots of money. We can only pray it is the start of movies with more Asian male leads vs. like zero now. Many people worldwide are just so fucking tired of watching movie after movie that have white men as leads.
Paramount Pictures As the headline suggests, xXx: Return of Xander Cage continued to be an overseas monster. The Vin Diesel/Donnie Yen/Kris Wu/Deepika Padukone action sequel bombed in North America with just $43.5 million thus far (less then first xXx ‘s $44m opening weekend back in 2002) but went nuts […]
As the headline suggests, xXx: Return of Xander Cage continued to be an overseas monster. The Vin Diesel/Donnie Yen/Kris Wu/Deepika Padukone action sequel bombed in North America with just $43.5 million thus far (less then first xXx‘s $44m opening weekend back in 2002) but went nuts in China last week. The film has now earned $134m (from a $61m debut weekend) meaning it is leggier than most Hollywood releases.
The $85m Paramount/Viacom Inc. release has now earned $263 million overseas alone (the original xXx earned $277m worldwide in total) for a $308m-and-counting global cume. So yeah, it’s a hit.
And it’s technically 2017’s biggest grossing movie (Your Name, which has earned $327 million worldwide, opened in Japan back in August of 2016). Obviously Universal/Comcast Corp.’s Fifty Shades Darker and Warner Bros./Time Warner Inc.’s The LEGO Batman Movie will presumably pass it in the end, and the flurry of March biggies (20th Century Fox’s Logan, Walt Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Paramount/Viacom Inc.’s Ghost in the Shell) will presumably push it further down the list, but for one goofy moment, xXx 3 is the year’s top global grosser.
With a solid hold like that, and with Japan on the way next weekend, this is a solid and indisputable winner thanks to overseas muscle. That it was a surprisingly fun movie is arguably a bonus. The next question is, to paraphrase my favorite Moana song, how far it’ll go. It opens in Japan next weekend but also faces steep competition in China from Resident Evil: The Final Chapter and Assassin’s Creed next Friday.