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Year in review: Top China stories of 2017
 
9. Box office makes new record
 
 
Topping the Chinese box office with revenue of more than 5.6 billion yuan, China's action movie "Wolf Warrior 2" has dominated the country's big screens with its patriotic storyline this summer. Photo: IC
 
China’s biggest movie of the year! Wolf Warrior 2 is a homegrown action sequel about a Chinese Special Forces agent who comes out of retirement to fight Western mercenaries. 
 
With more than $867 million at the Chinese box office, the movie is now the second highest-grossing of all-time in a single market, following Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which earned $937 million in North America in 2015. 
 
Also, the movie helped China’s box office cross a new threshold. China’s box office surpassed 50 billion yuan ($7.5 billion) for the first time in a single year, the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television (SAPPRFT) said in November.
 
After China’s box office ended 2016 with 3.7% growth, making filmmakers and studios worried that China’s decade of average annual growth of at least 35% was over, the world’s second-largest movie market appears to be getting back on track this year.
 
A SAPPRFT official has said that the country is going to have over 60,000 cinema screens by 2020, which would make it the world's largest film exhibition market.
 
 


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