KUNGFu Hustleadded anestimated $10.1m on 1,095 screens in sixmarkets at the weekend through Sony Pictures Releasing International (SPRI) toraise its international cumulative total to $31.1m.
Key highlights were a $3.2m second place debut on 368 Japanese screens behindHayao Miyazaki's reigning champion, Howl's Moving Castle. SPRIexecutives expect strong results going into the school holidays this week.
The picture remained number one in China in its second weekend, adding $3.7m on492 for $14.2m. After only two weekends Kung Fu Hustle has become thefifth biggest release of all time in China. This past weekend's Y30.9m haul inlocal currency was fourth biggest weekend ever in the market.
The picturestayed top in Hong Kong in its second weekend on $1.3m on 92 for $6m, making itthe tenth biggest release of all time there.
Taiwan and Singapore also produced number one holds in their second weekends,as Kung Fu Hustle added $725,000 on 45 for $3.6m and $615,000 on 46 for$2.2m respectively.
In Taiwan, the picture raced to NT$100min local currency in the capital Taipei in a record nine days, beating theprevious mark of 11 days set by The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of TheKing.
There wasno change at the top in Malaysia either, as the action comedy added $525,000 on52 in its second weekend for a $1.9m running total.
It ended 2004 as the third biggest release of the year in Singapore on RM7million in local currency, and is the 13thon the all-time list.