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China box office revenue hits $4.6b in 2013: Report

Published on Jan 8, 2014 7:15 PM

BEIJING (AFP) - China's box office takings leaped to US$3.6 billion (S$4.6 billion) last year, up 27.5 per cent on 2012, as nearly 14 screens were added every day to the world's second-largest film market, state media reported on Wednesday.

Chinese cinemas raked in 21.77 billion yuan (S$4.6 billion) in 2013, the China Daily said, citing the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television.

The year's highest-grossing film was Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons, an action fantasy adaptation of a Chinese classic novel believed to date from the 16th century.

Only three Hollywood movies made it into the top 10, with Iron Man 3 ranking second with 753.6 million yuan in takings, followed by Pacific Rim in fourth place and Gravity in 10th, the report added.

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