Wu-Tang Clan leader RZA’s new Man with the Iron Fists action movie earned some big bucks over its opening weekend but ultimately fell short of a number one debut to animated flick Wreck-It Ralph.
Although it could not snatch up No. 1, RZA’s directorial debut still managed a spot in the Top 5.
Universal’s new kung fu pic The Man With the Iron Fists opened to $8.2 million from 1,868 theaters to come in No. 4. The pic, which cost just $15 million to produce, marks the directorial debut of RZA and earned a C+ CinemaScore. Quentin Tarantino presented. (Hollywood Reporter)
Fists debuted behind other top-billing flicks including Academy Award winner Denzel Washington‘s drama-based Flight.
“Doom” may have flopped, and “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” may have been all buzz and no buck, but Disney’s “Wreck-It Ralph” proved that there is a place for videogame-themed movies at the box office this weekend. The $165 million animated film topped the chart with $49.1 million out of 3,752 theaters — the strongest debut ever for a Walt Disney Animation production (i.e., not including Pixar titles). The Robert Zemeckis-directed drama “Flight” soared in second place with $25 million from just 1,884 theaters, giving the $31 million Paramount film the strongest per theater average in the Top 20, with $13,275. (CNN)
It also finished behind the Ben Affleck-starring Argo action-drama.
Argo, the Iran hostage drama directed by Ben Affleck, took third place with $10.2 million. The $45 million film has done $75.9 million since its release Oct. 11 and has yet to drop from the top three. The only other major newcomer, RZA’s directorial debut The Man With the Iron Fists, did a respectable $8.2 million, good for fourth place and meeting most analysts’ expectations. The Liam Neeson thriller Taken 2 rounded out the top five with $6 million, bringing its four-week gross to $125.7 million. (USA Today)
RZA’s new Hollywood project has received strong support from directing icon Quentin Tarantino.
It’s no wonder that this film was produced by Quentin Tarantino, who did something similar with his own Kill Bill. The Man with the Iron Fists, though, unlike its stylistic forebear, seems to play less as an homage to very specific kung-fu flicks from the ’60s and ’70s (there are online rundowns of every single visual reference in Kill Bill ), and more like a modern tribute to kung fu flicks. In a way, Iron Fists take a bolder step than most action films, trying to update a moribund genre with big steaming scoops of ridiculous awesomeness. It occupies a middle ground between the ’70s-obsessed eye of Tarantino, and the bold magical silliness of Big Trouble in Little China. (Crave Online)
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