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China box office: local films retain dominance

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  1. TaiShang

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    China box office: local films retain dominance
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    Poster of Cold War 2 [Photo: baidu]


    In Chinese box offices last week, local films have retained dominance with eight of the top 10 slots.

    The crime action-thriller Cold War 2 stayed atop the Chinese box office last week with $41m in its second week.

    Big Fish & Begonia held onto the second spot with $69m after 10 days, making it the second-highest-grossing local animation film.

    Local youth romance Never Gone maintained the number three slot at $19m.

    Four new Chinese films entered the weekly chart, making a total of eight local titles in the top 10.

    Romantic comedy When Larry Met Mary, starring Bao Beier and Song Jia, fared the best in fourth place with $16m from its three-day opening weekend.

    Chinese-Korean crime-thriller Tik Tok debuted in fifth with $7.8m from its first three days.

    Action-comedy For A Few Bullets, starring Lin Gengxin and Zhang Jingchu, opened in seventh with $6m, while Chinese-Russian animation Sun Duck launched in ninth with $2.3m.

    Local animation Rock Dog rounded up the chart with $1.7m for $5.7m after 10 days.

    The only two Hollywood holdovers were Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, which dropped to sixth place and and Now You See Me 2, which fell to eighth.

    Despite the summer blockbuster season now being in full swing, last week's box office fell approximately 17% as new releases failed to heat up ticket sales.

    More Chinese titles are scheduled for this week, including Skiptrace, Summer's Desire and One Night Only. Adding variety to the Chinese films are The Legend Of Tarzan and Japanese animation Doraemon: Nobita And The Birth Of Japan.
     
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  2. Hamartia Antidote

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    Aren't you forgetting (yeah right!) that every year they intentionally limit the amount of foreign films that can open in China during the peak summer months from the last week of June until sometime in August to protect the domestic movie industry.

    Although they did make a few exceptions this year and didn't ban everything. Which is better than nothing. But the top 2 movies in the world right now have a delayed late August opening in China (only for China). "Jason Bourne" is also being delayed in China until the end of August.

    http://m.timeoutbeijing.com/feature.../Explaining-Chinas-movie-blackout-period.html

    "Noticed that there's a shortage of new foreign films coming out this month? That's not an accident. Every year around this time, the government enforces an unofficial block on new foreign movie releases. We've got the answers to any questions you may have about this.

    I can't I catch the latest Hollywood blockbusters right now? What evil wizard has made it so that Ice Age 5 comes out a full month later here than the rest of the world?

    The amount of foreign films that can be released in Chinese cinemas every year is already limited to a few dozen, but the government also halts new foreign film releases around July every year.

    Why are they doing this to me?

    Calm down, it's only for a few weeks. Anyway, the government wants Chinese films to do well in the Chinese box office. They're afraid that if they don't have a period without competition, they'll be outperformed by Hollywood. The blackout period gives Chinese films a chance to thrive without worrying about audiences flocking to the latest Marvel movie instead.

    Does that actually work?

    It seems to. A lot of the biggest Chinese hits have come out at times when there was little or no competition from Hollywood. Stephen Chow's mega-hit The Mermaid dominated the box office earlier this year during the Chinese New Year, when there weren't many foreign movies in cinemas. The most popular Chinese film before that, Monster Hunt, also came out during last year's summer blackout period.

    Okay, so what are the official dates for when the policy's in effect?

    Whoa whoa whoa, hold on there. Nobody said this was official policy. There's no official policy for this. There just happens to be one or two prime periods a year when no new foreign movies get released, and that's exactly when the biggest Chinese blockbusters come out. Pure coincidence, we're sure. Anyway, this month and next look pretty light on American releases.

    But I want to watch a movie! What am I supposed to do now?

    Go watch a Chinese film in cinemas, catch an indie flick at Lantern or Camera Stylo, come to our free outdoor movie screening at Capital M later this month, Youku and chill...the possibilities are literally (well, figuratively) endless.
     
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  3. Mangus Ortus Novem

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    The Chinese cultural industry is bound to grow by leaps and bounds. There is a huge international market for the Chinese culture.

    There is such a rich culture and tradition to be shared with the rest of world. Good going.
     
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  4. TaiShang

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    Exactly, my friend, it will be getting more popular and dominant as it becomes more profitable and create its own market. Domestic market dominance is important in order to incrementally expand the market overseas.

    Foreign productions are being squeezed out; and this is in fact an effective government policy. Without state intervention, it is very hard to break decades of foreign monopoly.
     
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