Well I was running through the various film news articles on the Internet when I stopped in my tracks and had to consciously make myself breath again. How many times have I thought I really, really wish they had made a Rush Hour 4. Well all of our prayers could be answered.
It has been reported that Jackie Chan has been approached about adding yet another film to this so-so franchise. It’s completing mystifying and for once I’m not talking about the quality of the film. I checked the history of its box office performance and the numbers don’t add up.
The original Rush Hour took $244m which albeit not earth shattering delivered a nice profit on a $33m production budget. The follow-up Rush Hour 2 was given a much bigger budget at $90m and delivered another sold box office performance of $347m. The trajectory was going in the right direction so Rush Hour 3 is born but oops the franchise has clearly peaked. Despite having its biggest budget to date at $140m but its box office slipped to a total gross of $258m.
The numbers don’t lie. It followed the classic franchise pattern of delivering a solid first film which attracted a bigger audience for the second but looked dead on arrival after a lazy third film that lost the Studio money. So I ask, where is the commercial case for this film? I bet it’s going to made for a budget similar to original outing which limits the downside and could maximise the upside. Whatever (snap of the fingers).