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11 January 2011

China To Become World's Second Largest Film Market

China's movie box-office receipts topped the 10-billion-yuan ($1.49 billion) mark at the end of 2010, giving a much-needed boost to the country's film market that had been sluggish. by Tang Yuankai

Among the imported films, James Cameron's science fiction epic Avatar (in 2D, 3D and IMAX-3D) was the biggest box-office success. Since its release on January 4, 2010, it has grossed 1.38 billion yuan ($206 million) in China. Christopher Nolan's Inception, rapidly pulled in nearly 500 million yuan ($74.63 million).

Domestic films, including Feng Xiaogang's blockbuster Aftershock and Zhang Yimou's Under the Hawthorn Tree, were also big successes despite their relatively low production costs. The former brought in 670 million yuan ($100 million) and the latter exceeded 100 million yuan ($14.93 million).

In December last year, Feng and two other well-known directors—Chen Kaige and Jiang Wen—presented their newest works, helping box-office receipts to top the 10-billion-yuan ($1.49 billion) total for the year.

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