Another day, another point for China in the "New World Superpower" game. As reported by The Hollywood Reporter, China outgrossed the North American box office with $1.05 billion in ticket sales this February, a 70% increase over February 2014. Projections indicate that China will officially overtake the US as the world's largest box office next year.
Hong Kong filmmaker Stephen Chow's blockbuster hit The Mermaid contributed to more than half of ticket sales in China last month. The film, about a playboy businessman who falls in love with a blood-thirsty mermaid, is now the single highest-grossing film in the country's history.
According to the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television of China, more than 192 million people went to the cinema in China last month.
Credit: Box Office Mojo, “China Yearly Box Office”
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