|Budget: $41 million||Financed by: Emperor Multimedia Group|
|Domestic Gross: $22,219,192||Domestic Distributor: Sony (Tri-Star)|
|Overseas Gross: $12,049,509|
Directed by: Gordon Chan
Produced by: Alfred Cheung
Emperor Multimedia Group (four Hong Kong companies in real estate, banking, entertainment and financial services) packaged the financing for The Medallion at $41 million, which was the most expensive Hong Kong production at the time of release. The Medallion (formerly titled Highbinders) was shot in English and was designed for the global market and EMG pre-sold the rights at the American Film Market in 2001 and it sold well. While filming, EMG quickly changed part of the script to take place in Ireland to benefit from their tax incentives and part way through filming, production was suspended so Chan could topline the The Tuxedo — which just like The Medallion, relied on vfx instead of Chan’s stunt work. Sony picked up worldwide rights, except in Asia and France and heavily re-edited the film and ordered reshoots. Sony released The Medallion through their Tri-Star label and originally dated it for October 17, but pushed it forward to the end of the summer dumping ground. It opened against the long delayed duds My Boss’s Daughter and Marci X and received terrible reviews. The Medallion pulled in a soft $8,111,324 — placing #5 for the weekend led by the holdover Freddy Vs. Jason. The pic declined 42.3% in its second frame to $4,682,812 and dropped 53.4% in its third weekend to $2,183,244 and closed its North American run with a poor $22,219,192. Sony would see back about $12.2 million after theaters take their percentage of the gross, far less than their P&A expenses. Emperor distributed the pic in Hong Kong, where it was a major flop, grossing just $929,544. The international star saw The Medallion tank in every market and it grossed $12,049,509 overseas. Jackie Chan’s career hit a low with the back to back releases of The Medallion and Around The World In 80 Days.