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China's box office, for the first time, tops North America

Updated: 2018-05-10 14:29:57

( chinadaily.com.cn )

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A scene from the film  Operation Red Sea [Photo/Mtime]

It is worth noticing nearly all these Chinese blockbusters hit the big screen around the Spring Festival holiday.

China's box office sales totaled more than 5.72 billion yuan during the weeklong Spring Festival holiday, breaking the previous sales record for the period.

The figure represented a growth of 66.94 percent over the same period last year, according to the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television of China.

China's box office raked in more than 1.3 billion yuan (about $205 million) on Feb 15, the first day of the Lunar New Year, breaking the single-day sales record for the Chinese market, according to Maoyan.

To be specific, the fantasy film Monster Hunt 2 made 550 million yuan in revenue on its opening day, breaking the record set by Fast & Furious 8, which brought in 478 million yuan on its opening day.

"The Spring Festival season has the highest output ratio at the box office. Movie companies will continue to release their important productions during the season, making the competition even fiercer," said Zhao Xiaonan, co-founder of Filmath, a Chinese site that provides movie data analysis via artificial intelligence.

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