'China Box Office Slows Trailing 2019 By More Than

Slows Trailing 2019 By More Than

Finally, a

newly released film has penetrated China’s box office top five, the first time this

But “Serendipity

Love” had so little impact that it failed to displace the incumbent “Home Coming” from

And the

nationwide theatrical business slipped to within a whisker of its weakest weekend performance this year

The total

achieved by all films currently on release was just $9

7 million over

the latest Friday to Sunday weekend, according to consultancy Artisan Gateway

Only two

weekends in 2022 have been weaker, in late April and early May, when Shanghai was in

The current

theatrical weakening means that the box office deficit compared with previous years is deepening

China’s cinema

box office is currently down 35% on 2021, with a year-to-date total of $3

Against 2019,

the last pre-COVID year, it is down by more than half

China’s box

office total at the same point in 2019 stood at $8

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