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China box office up 35% in 2013

By Kevin Ma

Thu, 24 October 2013, 08:30 AM (HKT)

Box Office News

China's State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television (SAPPRFT) 國家新聞出版廣電總局 released third quarter box office statistics this week.

Total box office revenue for the first nine months of the year is RMB16.4 billion (US$2.7 billion), a year-on-year growth of 34.9%. With a market share of approximately 58%, domestic films continue to rule the market with RMB9.56 billion (US$1.57 billion) in total revenue, a year-on-year growth of 93.8%.

Five of the top ten grossing films of the first nine months of the year are domestic films: Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons 西游 降魔篇 (2013) (RMB1.24 billion), So Young 致我們終將逝去的青春 (2013) (RMB715 million), American Dreams in China 中國合伙人 (2013) (RMB538 million), Finding Mr. Right 北京遇上西雅圖 (2013) (RMB518 million) and Tiny Times 1 小時代 (2013) (RMB488 million).

(Opening at the end of September, Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon 狄仁杰之神都龍王 (2013) has already surpassed American Dreams as the third top grossing domestic film of the year. By Tuesday night, it had taken RMB583 million.)

Several major releases set for December are expected to further lift domestic films: Benny CHAN 陳木勝's The White Storm 掃毒 (2013), FENG Xiaogang 馮小剛's Personal Tailor 私人訂製 (2013), Alan YUEN 袁錦麟's Firestorm 風暴 (2013) and DING Sheng 丁晟's Police Story 2013 警察故事2013 (2013).

Foreign films made RMB6.87 billion (US$1.13 billion) in total revenue, a year-on-year decline of 5.2%. This represents somewhat of a recovery over the summer. In the first half of the year, foreign films were recorded as experiencing a year-on-year decline in box office revenue of 21.3%.

The top five grossing foreign films of the first nine months of the years — three of which were in cinemas during the third quarter — are: Iron Man 3 (2013) (RMB751 million), Pacific Rim (2013) (RMB694 million), Furious 6 (2013) (RMB412 million), The Croods (2013) (RMB394.8 million) and Man of Steel (2013) (RMB394.6 million).

CHINA'S TOP 10 FILMS 2013 (to 30 Sep)

  • Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons (RMB1.24 billion; US$203 million)
  • Iron Man 3 (RMB751 million; US$123 million)
  • So Young (RMB715 million; US$116 million)
  • Pacific Rim (RMB694 million; US$114 million)
  • American Dreams in China (RMB538 million; US$87.6 million)
  • Finding Mr. Right (RMB518 million; US$84.4 million)
  • Tiny Times 1 (RMB488 million; US$80.2 million)
  • Furious 6 (RMB412 million; US$67.8 million)
  • The Croods (RMB394.8 million; US$64.88 million)
  • Man of Steel (RMB394.6 million; US$64.86 million)

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