Kung Fu Hustle maintained its muscular form at theinternational box office over the weekend and is closing in on $50m following acouple of record releases in minor Asian markets.

The picture opened top through Sony Pictures ReleasingInternational (SPRI) in both Indonesia and the Philippines, grossing $271,000on 42 screens and $261,000 on 30 respectively.

In both casesthe debuts marked the biggest ever release for a Chinese title.

Kung FuHustle grossed anestimated $4.7m on 1,100 screens in eight markets for a $46.2m internationalrunning total.