Jackie Chan Demanded $18.5 Million Salary For a Flop Movie That Only Earned $72.2 Million at Box Office

Jackie Chan Demanded $18.5 Million Salary For a Flop Movie That Only Earned $72.2 Million at Box Office
Jackie Chan is one of the most globally recognized action stars. With films like the Rush Hour trilogy Police Story, Drunken Master, and more, the actor once delivered hits like no other big-screen star. At one point in time, the martial artist cum actor was raking in eye-watering amounts of money. However, as with any celebrity, that wasn’t always the case. While ups and downs and poor box office performances are a part of every star’s life, there was one project where he took a huge salary but the film failed to sail past even the $75 million mark.

Jackie Chan And Around The World In 80 Days

As per the Bomb Report, Around the World in 80 Days (2004), was one of the costliest disasters in movie history and yet Jackie Chan took a humongous check for it. The site reports that the martial artist took home $18.5 million for the movie due to his pay-or-play contract. Such kinds of contracts are only given to the biggest stars of the movie world and it basically guarantees an actor a certain designated amount irrespective of whether the movie gets filmed or not.

Chan’s involvement with the movie didn’t give it the big opening the producers were hoping for. Thanks to the mixed reviews and steep competition, the film folded by the third weekend and pulled in a US run of less than $25 million.

As per the outlet:

“Reviews were mixed and Around The World In 80 Days pulled in a miserable $7,576,132 — placing #9 for the weekend led by DodgeBall. The film declined 43.6% the following weekend to $4,274,941 before crashing 76.3% the third weekend to $1,015,138. Around The World In 80 Days closed its US run with a terrible $24,008,137. Disney would see returned about $13.2 million after theaters take their percentage of the gross and no cash overages would flow back to Walden (the production house of Phil Anschutz).”

The offshore numbers weren’t as humiliating but they were under $50 million or $48,170,758 to be exact. The Bomb Report revealed that “this remake was one of the costliest blunders at the box office — which ended as nearly a $100 million write-down.” However, the box office dud didn’t affect Jackie Chan’s future earning capabilities.’

Jackie Chan’s Whopping $400 Million Fortune

As per Celebrity Net Worth, Jackie Chan has a net worth of around $400 million thanks to his decades-long acting career spread over two hemispheres. The site notes that even a few years ago, the Rush Hour star was raking in anywhere from $40 to $60 million. The outlet mentions:

“In 2016, Jackie Chan was the second-highest-paid actor in the world. Between June 2018 and June 2019, Jackie Chan earned $60 million from his various endeavors. Between June 2019 and June 2020, he earned $40 million.”

The site also mentions that his films, adjusted for inflation have grossed upwards of $2.40 billion in Canada and America. This number exceeds $5 million at the global box office. So Chan is a force in himself. Few actors can boast of such box office numbers coupled with a sustained acting career. He has no plans of stopping anytime soon with more releases coming up soon.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem, where Jackie Chan voices Sensei Splinter, will release in theaters on August 4, 2023.

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