China’s total domestic movie ticket sales rose to RMB 55.9 billion ($8.6 billion) in 2017, a 13.5% increase on the previous year, the Associated Press reports.
The top-grossing title of the year was Chinese action picture “Wolf Warrior 2,” which made RMB 5.7 billion yuan ($875 million), according to data from the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television. The second most popular movie was Hollywood action movie “The Fate of the Furious,” which earned RMB 2.7 billion. Mainland-made movies accounted for 54% of ticket sales in China in total.
China is the second-largest global film market and is fast catching up with the United States, where last year’s domestic box office is estimated to have declined 2.6 percent from 2016 to $11.1 billion.