Magazine article Screen International

'Furious 7' Dominates China Box Office with $250M

Magazine article Screen International

'Furious 7' Dominates China Box Office with $250M

Article excerpt

Furious 7 pulled in 29.8 million admissions from nearly 550,000 screenings over the week April 13-19, according to EntGroup figures. It has now grossed $250m after eight days on release.

It has recently emerged that China Film Group, which handles the import of all foreign releases in China, was an investor in Furious 7. As China Film has huge influence over release dates, cinema bookings and marketing in China, some observers are saying that this kind of equity investment could have resulted in preferential treatment for the film.

However, other observers are saying the film might be pulled from Chinese screens if it is too successful, as it could dampen the year-end market share of domestic films.

Either way, no other release enjoyed any real success at the China box office last week. …

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