The summer blackouts have varied in duration and intensity from year to year.
In 2015, to maximize revenues for China’s “Monster Hunt,” the blackout was prolonged.
While several foreign movies are understood to have been cleared by government censors, many have not yet received release dates. film currently known to have an August release date is “My Other Home,” which goes out Aug.
These include “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” which is currently on release in most of the world, and Luc Besson’s “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets,” which has its global rollout later this month – bar China. 11, but that film, from Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, has a significant Chinese component in that it was produced by Beijing Forbidden City Film and dramatizes the life of basketball star Stephon Marbury as he discovers China.
That’s because China’s overall box office this year has largely been kept afloat by American titles – Chinese films have largely failed outside of the Chinese New Year bonanza period – and because last year the import quota for foreign movies was substantially eased. The talks also cover issues including quotas, revenue share, and distribution conditions.