China’s box office sales grew at their fastest pace in over a year in April, driven by the US action movie The Fate of the Furious, the eighth instalment of the fast car franchise. Monthly ticket sales jumped nearly 57% from the same period a year ago to 4.9 billion yuan ($707.5 million), data from box office tracker EntGroup showed, the largest monthly growth since February last year. China’s box office, a magnet for Hollywood producers, saw growth stall last year amid a crackdown on subsidies and a weak slate of movies. According to Reuters, Ticket sales grew under 4% in 2016, down sharply from around 50-percent growth the year before. After a stronger start this year, China ticket sales slid again in February and March. The sharp April rise came on the back of the eighth Furious film. Released in mid-April in China, it has so far raked in $362.7 million in the China market, EntGroup data showed.
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