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Updated 2:12 PM EST, Wed, Jan 29, 2020

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Jackie Chan's 'Skiptrace' Hauls $60M Opening

Jackie Chan's 'Skiptrace' earned a staggering $60M on opening week.

(Photo : YouTube Screenshot) Jackie Chan's 'Skiptrace' earned a staggering $60M in its opening week.

Jackie Chan's comedy action movie Skiptrace pulled off a staggering $60 million after its fourth day in China. This is the biggest opening haul in China's entire five-decade career.

Skiptrace, which easily surpassed Warner Bros.' The Legend of Tarzan, raked in $15.6 million on its opening day on Thursday, July 21, including previews. It maintained its momentum over the weekend, with an average sale of $15 million per day, according to the figures released by the Beijing box office monitor Ent Group.

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The film is arguably Jackie Chan's biggest as it beat Dragon Blade, which earned $54 million between its Thursday and Sunday debut in 2015.

The story revolves around a Hong Kong detective Bennie Chan (Jackie Chan), who ended up partnering with fast-talking American gambler Connor Watts (Johnny Knoxville) after his niece Samantha/bái shū (Fan Bingbing) falls into trouble with a notorious crime syndicate.

The success was also shared by the film's Finnish director Renny Harlin, as it also topped his Die Hard 2's $34 million earning in its first weekend in 2009. The filmmaker and Hollywood action veteran moved to Beijing in 2014 to work in China's fast-growing movie industry, where he launched his Chinese production firm backed by Jiabo Culture Group. His next project will be the movie adaptation of Chinese video game Legend of the Ancient Sword for Alibaba Pictures Group.


Meanwhile, trailing behind the second spot in China's box office is The Legend of Tarzan, which topped the chart for two days after it opened on Tuesday, July 19. The film earned $12 million over the weekend, totaling $22.5 million over six days.

Landing in third place is Japanese animated film Doraemon: Nobita and the Birth of Japan, which earned $8.14 million after its first three days.

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