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The Mermaid - How far can it go in NA?

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The Chinese breakout hit earned a 29000 PTA this weekend off an extremely limited and rushed marketing campaign. Especially impressive given another Chinese hit in Monster Hunt absolutely bombed at the American box office last month and only lasted one week in theaters.

Could this be a rare foreign film to hit triple digits at the domestic box office? I imagine Sony is planning a much stronger push now that they're realizing its potential.

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Can't imagine it getting more than about $20M with a large expansion and proper push which would be very optimistic. Not quite sure what is leading you to think that 100M is in play. The audience simply does not exist. With exceptions, the vast majority of American filmgoers do not want to watch something in a foreign language, and foreign-language movies play better with arthouse audiences. But The Mermaid is a big crowdpleasing blockbuster, so I'm not sure that it will appeal to the few people that are happy to watch foreign films.

Which leaves you with Chinese-Americans (or Chinese people living in America), which is not a particularly big market.

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