Date: 9th January 2001
Ang Lee's Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon earned $1,023,367 in its first three days of release in Britain on just 88 screens, ten times more than its closest rival. British publications predicted that the film will easily eclipse Life Is Beautiful as the most successful foreign-language film ever shown in the country. The Guardian newspaper quoted a spokesman for a Brighton art house as saying, "I have not seen a film for a long time which had such a warm reaction from so many different people. It is great to see people who wouldn't normally go to a foreign language film having such a good time."
Source: Studio Briefing