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China Quarterly Box Office Tops North America for First Time

Film goers watch a movie on April 27 at a cinema in Qingdao, East China’s Shandong province. Photo: VCG
Film goers watch a movie on April 27 at a cinema in Qingdao, East China’s Shandong province. Photo: VCG

* Domestic movie theaters earn $3.14 billion at the box office in the first quarter

* China’s take for the period exceeds the North American box office total by 42%

(Beijing) — China’s film market has for the first time surpassed North America in quarterly box office revenue, raking in 20 billion yuan ($3.14 billion) from January to March.

The figure, according to domestic industry tracker Maoyan, was 42% higher than a $2.22-billion gross made by North American theaters during the same period, according to data from Box Office Mojo.

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