With Hollywood films already exceeding the annual China import quota by six, movies are lining up early to get release dates in the first quarter of 2017.
Mel Gibson's war epic "Hacksaw Ridge" (血战钢锯岭) has secured a theatrical release in China on Thursday, December 8, the latest Hollywood film to secure a slot in the last couple of months of 2016.
Arnold Schwarzenegger’s return to Chinese theaters in a 3D re-release of Terminator 2: Judgment Day has been pushed back due to a crowded late 2016 slot and a lengthy conversion process.
A partnership between Wanda Cinemas and online film and ticketing site Mtime could use its large audience to begin pushing official merchandise sales to China's movie audience.
The Tibetan-language film has already screened to critical acclaim in the US and UK.
China's most ambitious entertainment company adds to a portfolio that already includes AMC Entertainment and Legendary Pictures.
"I Am Not Madame Bovary" (我不是潘金莲), the highly anticipated social satire by veteran Chinese director Feng Xiaogang, has officially passed China’s film censorship board with some cuts and will finally hit screens on November 18.
Brad Pitt will make his first promotional appearance for a film in China, ending an unspoken ban on the actor and his work.
"Deepwater Horizon" (深海浩劫), Lionsgate’s disaster drama, has secured a Chinese cinematic release for November 15.