Jackie Chan and Jet Li, actors cum kung fu masters, labelled a martial arts dream team, had their first movie matchup "The Forbidden Kingdom" debuted at No. 1 with $20.9 million in ticket sales.
The movie is about an American teenager hurtled back in time to a kung fu adventure in ancient China. "The Forbidden Kingdom" features superstars Jackie Chan and Jet Li in multiple roles and their first big-screen duel.
"I couldn't believe it had never been done before," said Harvey Weinstein, whose Weinstein Co. released "The Forbidden Kingdom" along with partner Lionsgate.
With a PG-13 rating in North America, "The Forbidden Kingdom" apparently proves a family friendly film compared to more action-intense martial arts flicks.
"I have three daughters who have never seen a martial arts movie, and they loved this," Weinstein said. "A lot of females identify with it. That's the audience that's going to grow. I think we'll get young girls and moms next weekend".
Jackie Chan & Jet Li New Movie :"The Forbidden Kingdom" Premiere