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Chinese woman sues theater for having too many commercials before shows

In an early sign that we Americans are giving Chinese people bad ideas, a Chinese woman is suing distribution company for the movie Aftershocks, as well as the theater where she saw the film. Why? She didn't like having to sit through 20 minutes of commercials and movie trailers before the show...

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Transformers 2 breaks Chinese box office records

Transformers 2 has made 400 million yaun ($59 million) during its box office run in China, where it opened June 24. That’s no small sum, even by American standards. The sum sets Transformers 2 as the biggest movie of all time in the country, sliding ahead of Titanic, but is still less than the film’s opening day numbers in the U.S. of $62 million. There are roughly 4100 theaters in China.

“This is a tremendous achievement for the market in China and clearly shows that there is a strong growing demand for international films,” said Mike Ellis, Asia-Pacific managing director of the Hollywood trade organization, Motion Picture Association of America, speaking with the Associated Press.

The MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America) sees the rising tide of cash coming from China, and wants to release more blockbusters there. Currently, China only allows 20 foreign blockbusters a year, in an attempt to grow its domestic film industry.

In 10 years, we are going to see Chinese box office numbers that rival the U.S. from China as its great wall continues to fall.


Chinese movie-goers are gaining on us

Variety reports that Chinese box office revenues are up 40% during the first six months of 2009, despite the global economic downturn. Chinese theaters brought in $336 million, or 2.3 billion yuan, during the first half of the year. The total 2009 Chinese box office could reach $834 million.

This figure still doesn’t come close to the U.S. and Canada’s $9.8 billion dollar annual total in 2008, but it is impressive nonetheless.

Last year the U.S. had 1.36 billion movie ticket admissions. With only 304 million people in the U.S. and 33 million in Canada, that’s about 4 annual ticket admissions per person. There are 1.33 billion people living in China. If all of them went out to the theater even once a year, China would have the largest box office in the world. The tides are changing, slowly.