Domestic Vs Import Box Office: Appearances Can Deceive

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Looking at the box office split between foreign and Chinese films this year, it’s easy to conclude China is a balanced market: imports lead slightly with a 52% market share through April 18. But huge imbalances lie behind those numbers. Read More

Bucks For Your Bang: Who Are China’s Top Grossing Foreign Action Stars?

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Chinese audiences go for the macho laowai, with some added comedy and soulfulness in the mix. Ability to look good while driving high-speed vehicles is obviously a plus. Read More

How Important Is China To Hollywood’s Bottom Line?

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China accounted for $500 million or just 7.7 percent of the $6.5 billion worldwide net revenue from the thirty-two Hollywood films it allowed into the country. By and large, Hollywood films made less that 5% of their worldwide revenue from the Chinese market, indicating that Hollywood's headlong push into China remains primarily about getting early access to a market that still exists in the realm of possibility. Read More

Holiday Box Office in China – Tomb Sweeping Festival

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The three-day Tomb Sweeping Festival holiday typically sees a significant boost in moviegoing attendance, but it has historically lagged behind other three-day holidays including Chinese New Year, Labor Day at the beginning of May, and the Dragon Boat Festival in June. Read More

How Much Have The Hollywood Studios Earned In China?

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Disney easily leads all Hollywood studios in China largely thanks to the success of its Marvel Cinematic Universe. Read More

How Many Import Slots Does Each Studio Get?

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Many casual observers of the Chinese film industry and even some working within it believe quota spots are given out evenly amongst Hollywood studios, yet data shows that a studio’s output in China can vary widely from year-to-year. Read More

R-Rated Films In China

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R-rated Hollywood films have a long history in China, dating to 1995, when True Lies entered the country as the second-ever revenue-sharing import. Surprisingly, most R-rated films released there in the 22 years since have managed to squeak past the censors intact: some 21 of the 36 films on this list were shown to Chinese audiences uncensored. Read More

Big In China: Movies That Earn More RMB Than US$

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Twenty films have now found greater success in the world’s second largest film market than at home in the US. Read More

Lunar New Year Box Office: The Biggest Week Ever

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Moviegoing in China during the weeklong Lunar New Year holiday has become essential recreation for many Chinese families in recent years.  The past two years in particular have each established new box office records for the highest grossing seven-day period in any single territory. The largest daily totals occur on the first day of the Read More

Box Office Revenue In China: How It Works

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The average cost of a movie ticket in China currently approximates RMB 35 ($5.10), from which RMB 3.3 ($0.48) is paid as a Value Added Tax (VAT)* RMB 5 ($0.73) is apportioned to the National Special Funds for the Development of Film. From the remaining RMB 26.7 ($3.89) RMB 11.48 ($1.67), or 43% gets divided Read More

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