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

China Box Office: Eight Is Hollywood’s Lucky Number

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Eight Hollywood imports occupied the top eight spots at this weekend’s Chinese box office, a first for a notoriously protective movie industry that recently adopted further measures to ensure that domestic films receive two-thirds of a cinema’s annual screening allotment. 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

On Screen China: Gamer’s Delight — ‘Resident Evil’ vs. ‘Assassin’s Creed’

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“Has the Chinese market become a dumping ground for Hollywood’s trash?” wondered a recent Beijing Daily headline, a question both apt and timely. Last summer’s computer game fantasy adaptation, Warcraft, produced by Dalian Wanda-owned Legendary Pictures, with financing from heavyweights China Film Group, Tencent, and Huayi Brothers, skyrocketed to $220 million to become China’s third highest-grossing Read More

China’s All-time Highest Grossing Imports

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This chart highlights the highest-grossing imported film per year from The Fugitive in 1994 to Zootopia in 2016, showing not only the scale of China’s growth as a market, but something of the tastes of Chinese moviegoers. Read More

China’s Lunar New Year Moviegoing Record — How’s That Foam Taste?

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The week-long Chinese New Year moviegoing period ended with a record RMB 3.38 billion (US$492.4 million) in ticket sales this year according to official data — a 9.5 percent increase over last year’s record haul — but a close inspection of the numbers reveals the growth to be something short of robust. Read More

‘Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back’ Sets Records

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The sequel sets a new single-day mark and looks like it’s going higher. Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back exploded at the Chinese box office on Saturday, the first day of the week-long Lunar New Year Holiday, it scored a single-day record for local language films with RMB 345 million (US$50.2 million) in Read More

On Screen China: Part Two of CFI’s Chinese New Year Preview

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This Saturday, the first day of the Spring Festival/Chinese New Year (CNY), tens of millions of Chinese citizens will flock to cinemas nationwide in the start of the busiest moviegoing period on the planet.  Last year, RMB 3.56 billion (US$548 million) in tickets were sold over the seven-day CNY period, the highest-grossing week in any Read More

On Screen China: Out with the Monkey and in with the Money

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Part one of our preview of Spring Festival releases, likely to be the most lucrative season of the Chinese cinematic year.   This Saturday, the first day of the Spring Festival/Chinese New Year (CNY), tens of millions of Chinese citizens will flock to cinemas nationwide in the start of the busiest moviegoing period on the Read More

Box Office China: ‘Passengers’ Takes ‘Rogue One’ For a Ride

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China’s chūnyùn (春运), the world’s largest human mass migration in which Chinese citizens will take an estimated 2.5 billion trips over the next 40 days, began in full force on Friday as college students finished midterm exams and headed home for the Lunar New Year. Read More