May 2015 Monthly China Box Office Report: Imported Films Dominate, YTD Box Office Up 57% Over 2014
on June 10, 2015
Jonathan Papish @ChinaBoxOffice
May 2015 Box Office Stats
China's box office receipts for May 2015 hit ￥3.178 billion ($512.08 million), an increase of 42.86% over May 2014 thanks in large part to the dominance of Avengers: Age of Ultron which contributed ￥1.409 billion ($227 million). There were also 4.26 million screenings (+33.33%) and 86.19 million admissions (+36.19%) during May. Domestic films accounted for ￥805 million ($129.69 million) while imported films earned ￥2.372 billion ($382.16 million) for a 3:1 split in favor of foreign films.
2015 YTD Box Office Stats
The 2015 yearly box office total through May 31 stands at ￥16.867 billion ($2.72 billion), 56.7% ahead of 2014 at the same date. There have been 20.72 million screenings (+34.54%) and 465.01 million admissions (+52.47%). Domestic films have earned ￥8.512 billion ($1.38 billion) and imported films have grossed ￥8.305 billion ($1.34 billion), an almost even split five months through 2015.
A Look Ahead
The first half of June has once again been dominated by imported films (San Andreas, Jurassic World, Stand By Me Doraemon), but late June will see the arrival of several domestic pics with huge box office potential (SPL2: A Time For Consequences, The Ark of Mr. Chow, and Hollywood Adventures) and July is the industry's unofficial protection month with no scheduled foreign releases.
May's top ten films are shown below with data from China's EntGroup.
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