The Chinese box office brought in $8.9 billion dollars in 2018. That’s only three billion behind US numbers. Here I’m broadly looking at how the state controlled Chinese film industry seeks better international grounding, and how pro-Chinese sentiment is finding its way into mainstream Western film.
China’s film industry is state controlled, but all films shown in China have to be approved. This means that, with the second largest market in the world, if film producers want their movie shown in China they have to conform to the will of the state.
But while China has an iron grip on what is imported, it seeks to influence international audiences with large films made with export, and foreign audiences in mind.
I try to give a broad overview of China’s influence in this video. The depth of the subject proper though, especially when it comes to the strategy of Chinese state film and analysis surrounding it, is far far greater.
China Box Office Growth Slows to 9 Percent in 2018, Ticket Sales Reach $8.9B – Hollywood Reporter
Navigating Restriction In The Chinese Film Industry – Eastwestbank
Hollywood Movies At Chinese Box Office – Hollywood Reporter
5 Trends At Chinese Box Office – Hollywood Reporter
Call Me By Your Name Dropped – Hollywood Reporter
Gay Films In China – China Film Insider
Top Ten Box Office Performers In Chine – South China Morning Post
Box Office Mojo US Box Office numbers:
Jessica Kam On the Chinese Film Industry – 2012
Focus on China: Film Co-Production & Financing Panel – 2013
Film producer Janet Yang on the Chinese box office
CGTN Political Analyst