Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li

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  • Directed By: Andrzej Bartkowiak
  • Written By: Justin Marks
  • Release Date: February 27, 2009
  • Domestic Distributor: FOX
  • Cast: Kristin Kreuk, Chris Klein, Neal McDonough

Box Office Info:
Budget: $50 millionFinanced by: Hyde Park Entertainment; Capcom
Domestic Box Office: $8,742,261Overseas Box Office: $4,021,940

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Capcom decided to resurrect the Street Fighter brand for the big screen and Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li marked the second attempt to turn the popular video game into a franchise after the terrible 1994 version and this couldn’t even raise the already low bar set by the previous attempt.  Capcom partnered with Hyde Park Entertainment to equally co-financed this turkey for an estimated $50 million.  Hyde Park had a US distribution output deal with FOX, which handled the title.  Hyde Park took the project to the Cannes Film Festival in 2007 for pre-sales.  Andrzej Bartkowiak was hired to helm this junk, who had previously directed the video game adaptation flop Doom.  After this bombed, he has not directed another studio picture.  If Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li will be remembered for anything, it will be Chris Klein humiliating himself in the hilariously miscast role of Nash.

Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li was dated for February 27 and FOX did not do much in the way of a heavy P&A spend.  Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li was not screened for critics and it opened with little buzz.  It would also have competition with FOX’s own breakout hit Taken in its 5th weekend, which took most of the action marketplace to itself.  The reviews that eventually posted were as poor as they come.

It bowed against Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience and came within FOX’s very low expectations at $4,721,110 — placing #8 for the weekend led by holdover Tyler Perry’s Madea Goes to Jail.  Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li dropped a huge 68.5% in its second frame to $1,485,028 when Watchmen opened and it promptly lost most of its theater count.  The domestic run closed with just $8,742,261.  After theaters take their percentage of the gross, FOX would see returned about $4.8 million, which would not cover even 1/3 of the modest ad spend.

Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li received a small release overseas to $4 million, across multiple distributors and went straight to video in most major markets, such as the UK, Germany, France, Australia and Italy.  Capcom had high hopes the movie would overperform in Japan, but it posted just $554,100 in receipts.

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