China's Box Office Increases by 9% to $8.9Bn in 2018

By Shackleton, Liz | Screen International, January 2, 2019 | Go to article overview

China's Box Office Increases by 9% to $8.9Bn in 2018


Shackleton, Liz, Screen International


Local productions grossed $5.5bn (RMB37.9bn) for a 62.2% market share.

China’s box office reached $8.86bn (RMB60.98bn) in 2018, an increase of 9% compared to the RMB55.91bn taken the previous year, according to figures released today by the National Film Bureau.

Admissions increased by 6% to 1.72 billion over the course of the year, while the total number of screens grew by 9,033 to reach 60,079.

Local productions grossed $5.5bn (RMB37.88bn) for a 62.15% market share, an increase of 8.3% on the previous year. Among these, nine films grossed more than the $145m (RMB1bn) benchmark, while a further 20 titles took more than $73m (RMB500m).

Chinese New Year release Operation Red Sea was the top-grossing film with $530.8bn (RMB 3.65bn), followed by Detective Chinatown 2, also released over the Chinese New Year holidays, with a gross of $494m, and two summer releases: Dying To Survive ($450.7m) and Hello Mr Billionaire ($370.4m).

Avengers Infinity War was the highest-grossing Hollywood movie, and the fifth biggest film overall, with $347.5m. Four other US studio movies – Venom, Aquaman, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and Ready Player One – made it into the year-end top ten (see chart below). However, if films released at the end of 2017 are included, local production The Ex-Files 3: Return Of The Exes pushes Ready Player One to 11th position. …

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