Chan a hit in Hong Kong, but not the biggest hit

Jackie Chan‘s American-produced Rush Hour 2 has, as expected, become an unqualified hit in Hong Kong, earning $1.4 million in 33 theaters during its first 12 days in release, the South China Morning Post observed today. But the film trails far behind the $7.4 million taken in since last month by the locally produced comedy Shaolin Soccer. Film critic Paul Fonoroff told the newspaper that he preferred Shaolin Soccer because it was funnier. “I think Hong Kong’s audience prefers to see Jackie Chan in local films rather than in foreign productions,” he said. “For Rush Hour 2, the plot isn’t that great . . . I am really surprised the Americans are so fond of it.” The film has earned$67.4 million in the U.S.