Rush Hour 2, the sequel to 1998's hit action comedy, has opened to strong figures in Hong Kong and Singapore. Hong Kong, which is the birth place of star Jackie Chan, rewarded the latest film from its biggest living international star with opening weekend figures of $714,559 on just 33 screens, a massive screen average of $21,653.

The opening scored Rush Hour 2, which is distributed in the territory by Golden Scene, a 33% increase on the Hong Kong opening of its predecessor.

In Singapore the martial arts film, which once again co-stars Chris Tucker and is directed by Brett Ratner, became the second biggest opener of the year behind The Mummy Returns and the sixth largest opening of all time. The film, released in Singapore by Warner Bros., took a four-day opening weekend of $659,149 from 42 screens, a screen average of $15,694.

The original Rush Hour grossed $102.8m internationally.