China's box office to hit $8.31bn in 2017
China’s box office is expected to have increased substantially when 2017’s final figures are added up, to as much as an 11.6% increase from last year, according to the state media authority.
Takings overall have will rise to $8.31bn this year, beating 2016’s 3.7% rise, after a record surge in 2015 of 48.7%.
This year’s growth has been largely due to the successful Chinese patriotic action movie, Wolf Warrior 2 – it has made $845.59mn and is now China’s highest-grossing film. The film features a Chinese hero fighting western mercenaries in Africa.
This illustrates the Communist Party’s support for Hollywood-style blockbusters that show the power of a great, rejuvenated China described by Xi Jinping at this year’s Communist Party Congress.
The film was privately financed but it has been supported by the state and was submitted for a 2018 Oscar.
Other films to have boosted the box office include The Fate of the Furious and Never Say Die.
A newly-introduced ticketing fee of 7%, which was introduced this year, has been included in 2017’s figures.
In 2017 so far, 12 films have already crossed the $100mn threshold in China – last year, this figure was 20 for the full year.
According to Zhang Hongsen, vice minister of the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television: “The rapid development of the film industry has been a big bright sport for China’s culture industry.”