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China Box Office Revenue Fell Sharply in 2020

China produced a number of patriotic movies last year, including the movies that commemorated the 70th anniversary of the Korean War. Box office revenue, however, still fell sharply due to COVID 19. Revenue was only at 30 percent of what it was in 2019. Among the 28 listed film making companies, only 6 of them had revenue and profit growth compared to 2019.

According to Securities Times, 294 movies were released in China in 2020, with a total box office revenue of 20.417 billion yuan (US$3.18 billion), of which box office revenue for domestically produced movies was 17.093 billion yuan (US$2.66 billion), accounting for about 83 percent of the total revenue. Meanwhile only five companies had stock price increases in 2020.

Even though China’s movie industry was hit hard by COVID 19 in 2020, it still surpassed North America and was the world’s largest movie market.

Source: Central News Agency. January 28, 2021