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China Doesn’t Dictate Foreign Movie Release Dates, Daily Says

China doesn’t dictate the release dates for foreign movies, the China Daily reported today, citing Tian Jin, deputy director of the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television.

Screening schedules are “purely market driven,” the newspaper reported, citing Tian. There is no “domestic film protection month,” Tian was cited as saying. He was referring to the “closing months” of the year when dozens of Chinese movies are shown at domestic cinemas, according to China Daily. Foreign films shun these months due to “business considerations,” Tian was cited as saying.

China’s domestic box office receipts reached 13.27 billion yuan ($2.13 billion) in the first 10 months, rising 40 percent from a year earlier, the newspaper cited Tian as saying.

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