Yin-Yang Master II opened at number two, ahead of all the foreign competition, including Johnny English, Matchstick Men and Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever.

The sequel to the 2001 hit about a magician battling goblins and other supernatural foes in ancient Kyoto did not match the original in either screen average ($83,163 versus $48,791 for II) or total box office ($1,101,142 versus $634,290 for II, both on 13 major city screens).

An indication, perhaps, that the audience is beginning to tire of Hollywood movies'