Magazine article Screen International

Hollywood Plots China Box Office Audit amid Fraud Concerns

Magazine article Screen International

Hollywood Plots China Box Office Audit amid Fraud Concerns

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MPAA reacts to ongoing questions about the accuracy of Chinese box office reporting.

The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), the lobbying group that represents the six major Hollywood studios, is plotting an audit of China’s box office.

The MPAA has hired an accounting firm to audit sales of selected films amid ongoing concerns about the accuracy of Chinese box office figures, according to a report from Bloomberg.

In recent years, the burgeoning Chinese box office has faced accusations of fraud.

In March 2016, the distributor of Ip Man 3 had its licence temporarily suspended for fabricating more than 7,600 screenings of the film, which amounted to $8.6m in box office receipts.

In March this year, Chinese authorities continued their crackdown on box office fraud in the country, punishing more than 300 cinemas for fraudulent activity. …

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