Jason Statham has always been a rather unlikely action hero. His characters never have any superpowers beyond just some signature English snark. But he’s also been able to command the screen in high-octane roles because his everyman persona on-screen just translates to good fun when he’s taking down the bad guys. And his latest film is crushing it in a big way at the box office. Early weekend numbers are in and Wrath of Man won the gate this past weekend, putting Statham on top once again.
Wrath of Man represents a reunion of sorts for Jason Statham and Guy Ritchie who both came on the scene a little more than 20 years ago with movies like Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch. While Statham was nothing more than a scene-stealing role player in those films, he’d go on to have leading man billing in short order. This film is the first time they’ve worked together since 2005’s Revolver. And man did it ever win. It’s leading in ticket sales, beating out some other films on the big screen.
Check out Jason Statham in the trailer for Wrath of Man:
We still live in some Covid-19 and pandemic times so box office numbers aren’t what they used to be. Wrath of Man took home $8 million and change in its first week on the big screen. It beat out films like Demon Slayer: Mugen Train, Mortal Kombat (which also released on HBO Max), and flicks that have been out for weeks like Godzilla vs. Kong and Raya and the Last Dragon. It was good to get a fresh face up on the screen with some heavy action and Jason Statham fit the bill in this respect.
Wrath of Man follows Jason Statham as H, a newly hired armored truck driver and security guard who is in his first days on the job. But like many of Statham’s other movies, more than meets the eye with this character and he has a lot more “skills” that mean bad news for the bad guys. It isn’t long until we find out he’s on the revenge kick (a Statham staple) and is set to undo an entire criminal organization if that’s what it takes to take vengeance for the death of his son.
In addition to hitting well with ticket sales, critics also had a decent time with the film. It’s sitting at 66% on Rotten Tomatoes with the general theme of the opinions centered around Jason Statham and his ability to command the screen. Most agree that the plot is a bit thin when it’s all said and done, but it matters little if you know you are signing up for a shoot-em-up action flick that brings Statham’s devil-may-care attitude out in big ways.
This won’t be the only film for the Guy Ritchie and Jason Statham pairing either. They are currently in post-production on Five Eyes as well. That will be a spy film with Statham playing Orson Fortune, a Mi6 agent. No release date is set with filming just having wrapped up a couple of months ago. For now, though, Statham owns the box office for the first week and there could be more to come for the action star.