China Blamed for Slow Box Office Growth in 2016

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The box office in China, which had grown in double-digits since 2003, still set its own record with $6.6 billion in 2016, but grew overall only 3.7 percent. US and Canada took in $11.4 billion, up a mere two percent over 2015. In China, a total of 10 films reached RMB 1 billion or higher Read More

‘Dunkirk’ Probably Won’t Be Cut by Chinese Censors Thanks to Harry Styles

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Nolan’s epic war thriller about the evacuation of Allied troops from the French city of Dunkirk before Nazi forces can take hold got an official MPAA rating of PG-13 Thursday. 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

‘Logan’ Becomes First Film In China Affected By New Law

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The producers of "Logan" have been instructed that all online and offline point of sales for the film should prominently include the warning “Elementary school students and pre-school children must be accompanied by parents or guardians." Read More

China Censors Take Wolverine Claws to ‘Logan,’ Slice 14 Minutes Off Runtime

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Censors have cut 14 minutes from the film's 137-minute US runtime, citing violence and perhaps also the "brief nudity" cited in the Motion Picture Association of America's own R-rating. Read More

‘Kong: Skull Island’ and ‘Logan’ Get China Releases; ‘Passengers’ Extended

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"Logan" (金刚狼3:殊死一战) will hit screens first on Friday, March 17, followed by "Kong: Skull Island" (金刚:骷髅岛), which is set for release a week later, on Friday, March 24. They follow "The Lego Batman Movie" and "A Dog’s Purpose," which both come out on March 3. Read More

‘The Mermaid,’ ‘Zootopia’ Top China’s $6.6 Billion 2016 Box Office

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A February film was the high point for China's 2016 box office, with Stephen Chow's "The Mermaid" outswimming Disney's "Zootopia" and two other Hollywood films to emerge as the year's winner. Read More

China Box Office: First Weekend of New Year Not So Happy

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Ticket receipts across the three-day New Year’s Holiday (元旦节) from Saturday through Monday totaled RMB 662 million (US$95 million), a 22 percent decrease from 2016’s record-breaking haul of RMB 849 million ($130 million). Read More

CFI’s Top Five China Film Stories for 2016

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The relationship between China and Hollywood received more attention in 2016 than ever before, for both bad and good reasons. China's box office experienced its first slowdown in years, at a time when interest in the market has never been greater. Read More

China Box Office: ‘The Great Wall’ Stands Tall with RMB 470 Million

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"The Great Wall"’s debut was on par with this summer’s most commercially successful local film, "Time Raiders" (盗墓笔记), which pulled in RMB 476 million on its opening weekend in August on the way to an RMB 1 billion finish. Read More