China box office total hits $3 billion

By Chelsea Lewis ,

The movie industry is celebrating another successful year in China. The country's film watchdog SAPPRFT announced that the box office took in over 19.3 billion yuan ($3.17 billion).

This is a 17.4 percent increase from 2012 take, which was around $2.7 billion. In 2010, box office sales only totaled $1.64 billion.

The growth in box office sales can also be attributed to the 4,500 new screens that have been built in China in 2013. The total number of movie screens across the country is now beyond 17,600.

Deadline reports that a last-minute surge is possible for the end of the year. No big U.S. films are set to open in December, but November was a strong month for films in China. November brought recent titles like Thor: The Dark World, Gravity and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire to screens across China. Gravity got off to a record-breaking start there.

With Hollywood films clearing the way, this provides a opportunity for domestic titles to have a strong run through the end of the year in China. Benny Chan’s The White Storm opened strong with $12.6 million dollars, The Hollywood Reporter added.

The China box office has seen growth every year since 2011. With more screens and more films, it is likely that China will continue this box office success in 2014.

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