'Hustle' hoping for 'Hidden' B.O. numbers

ASIAN IMPORTS
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Sony Classics is hoping Stephen Chow’s ‘Kung Fu Hustle’ kicks up the same breakout B.O. coin as ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.’ ‘Hustle’ has generated $65 million overseas.

TOP ASIAN ACTIONERS AT THE DOMESTIC B.O.*
Pic            B.O.

Open                                Final

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)    1   128
Hero (’04)     18   54
Rumble in the Bronx (’96)     10   32
Supercop (’96)     16   16
Jackie Chan’s First Strike (’97)     6   15
*Figures in millions of $

BOWING
Movie Title Engagements
The Interpreter

(U)

2,758
A Lot Like Love (BV) 2,502
King’s Ransom (New Line) 1,508
Madison (MGM) 93
The Game of Their Lives (IFC) 64
Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (Magnolia) LA, NY, Houston 3
The Man Who Copied (TLA) NY 1
Music From the Inside Out (Emerging) Phil. 1
EXPANDING
Kung Fu Hustle (Sony Classics) 7 – 2,500

YEAR-TO-DATE
(in billions of $)

2.4

’04

(through April 13)

2.2

-8%

’05

(through April 14)

1. The Interpreter

2. A Lot Like Love

3. The Amityville Horror

4. Sahara

5. Fever Pitch

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MIRAMAX
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SONY
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SONY CLASSICS
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The Aristocrats July 29  
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