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China box office surges 86% in H1

07-22-2010 09:32 BJT

China's box office revenue surged a phenomenal 86 percent, to over 700 million US dollars in the first half of the year. The year's total is expected to hit 1.5 billion.

Film Bureau Director Tong Gang announced the figures at a film festival in the northwestern city of Yinchuan. He said China made nearly 300 movies in the first half of 2010, and is projected to complete 500. That puts their movie industry into third place, after India and the United States.

Hollywood productions dominated their Chinese competition in the first six months. The top grossing movie was "Avatar" -- a huge global hit, earning 2.7 billion US dollars worldwide.

Editor:Xiong Qu |Source: CNTV.CN

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