Magazine article Screen International

Chinese Film Regulator Punishes More Than 300 Cinemas

Magazine article Screen International

Chinese Film Regulator Punishes More Than 300 Cinemas

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China's film regulator has punished 326 cinemas for box office fraud, following the introduction of the Film Industry Promotion Law on March 1.

The punishments ranged from written warnings and fines of $24,000 (RMB200,000) for smaller misdemeanors up to fines of $145,000 (RMB1m) and forced closure of theatres for three months for the biggest cases.

Speaking to local media, an official from China's State Administration of Press, Publications, Radio, Film and Television (SAPPRFT) said box office fraud hampers the development of the industry and called for continuous action against violations.

Box office fraud takes a few different forms in China. In some cases, cinemas under-report receipts or shiftbox office takings from one film onto another title, often due to pressure from distributors or even government departments keen to see high box office returns for propaganda movies. …

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