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China Box Office Passes RMB20 billion Landmark

HONG KONG – China’s theatrical box office has topped the RMB20 billion landmark for the first time ever. The record score appears to have been realized from fewer, bigger films.

According to figures from the China’s General Administration of Press and Publication, Radio, Film, and Television (GAPPRFT,) the milestone, which equates to $3.27 billion, was passed on Sunday (Dec. 8, 2013).

The full year total was RMB17 billion in 2012 and with the busy Christmas season kicking off many forecasts for the full year predict a 2013 total in excess of RMB23 billion ($3.76 billion). Major releases this month include Feng Xiaogang’s comedy sequel “Personal Tailor” (pictured) and Jackie Chan’s “Police Story 2013.”

Box office for local films totaled RMB11.1 billion in the period to Dec. 8, implying a market share for Chinese movies of 55%

The GAPPRFT said that 591 films had been produced in China to date, a tumble of over 100. But it did not reveal how many had actually achieved a theatrical release.

It noted that 31 films passed the RMB100 million ($16.3 million) mark so far this year, compared with just 19 in the whole of 2012.

Box office in China this week was dominated by local fare with “No Man’s Land” taking top place with $23.7 million in seven days to Monday, ahead of “The White Storm” with $14.8 million (for a cumulative total of $27.9 million) and “The Four 2” with a three day opening score of $14.2 million.

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