October's monthly haul was down nearly 19 percent from October 2015 and represents the fifth month in 2016 to see slowing box office growth.
"Da Vinci Code" sequel "Inferno" finished well below expectations in China, a major blow to Sony and its once mighty franchise.
Starting last weekend and spanning all the way to the weekend of December 9, 11 Hollywood films are set for release, including director Ron Howard’s Inferno and DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls hitting Chinese screens this Friday, October 28.
The star power and synchronous release date of Tom Cruise’s Jack Reacher: Never Go Back couldn’t contend with China’s affinity for action star Jason Statham.
Beginning Friday, Hollywood will have a string of five straight weekends in which imported films receive a day-and-date release, the longest stretch ever in a market that often lags several months behind North American premieres.
China’s stagnating film market returned to icy waters this week as Disney’s The BFG failed to enthrall Chinese moviegoers.
National Day holiday receipts continued 2016’s box office stagnation, with the depressed market was fortunately enlivened by the surprise performance of action/thriller "Operation Mekong" (湄公河行动).
Action thriller "Operation Mekong" (湄公河行动) overcame modest box office expectations and unexpectedly won the holiday period with an estimated RMB 490 million ($73.5 million) through Thursday, October 6.
Holdovers from last week’s Mid-Autumn Festival retained their grasp on China’s box office this weekend, clipping the wings of Warner Bros’ day-and-date animation "Storks."
The top four spots at this week’s Chinese box office were captured by four new local-language films, all released to coincide with China’s three-day Mid-Autumn Festival.