Avatar: The Method of Water is likely one of the few international movies to get entry to the Chinese language market in latest months.
The long-awaited sequel to director James Cameron’s blockbuster Avatar will likely be launched in mainland Chinese language cinemas on December 16, twentieth Century Studios has mentioned.
Avatar: The Method of Water will likely be launched in China on the identical day as its world launch, the studio mentioned on its official Weibo account on Wednesday.
It turns into one of many few international movies to get entry to the Chinese language market in latest months, with others together with the newest movie within the Minions franchise and Sony Footage’ The place the Crawdads Sing.
International motion pictures have lengthy struggled to realize launch dates in mainland China as a result of strict quotas on the variety of worldwide movies allowed to point out and lots of are blocked as a result of content material Chinese language regulators deem unseemly.
Hollywood blockbusters just lately have had a very onerous time getting clearance to point out in China. The six newest Marvel motion pictures didn’t make an look in China and earlier this 12 months, Black Panther: Wakanda Ceaselessly was additionally denied a China launch.
Elevated scrutiny of Hollywood movies has occurred together with an increase in China’s movie studios making their very own variations of the high-octane blockbusters US studios are identified for.
Chinese language-made hits embody the Wolf Warrior franchise and final 12 months’s breakout success, The Battle at Changjin Lake, has confirmed in style with Chinese language audiences eager to see extra Chinese language-centric tales on the large display screen.
That mentioned, since Chinese language film ticket gross sales topped US ticket gross sales for the primary time in 2020, the Chinese language film market has been hit by tight COVID-19 curbs. Cinemas throughout the nation are ceaselessly requested to droop operations or cap viewers numbers.
Particularly as instances proceed to develop, individuals in lots of cities across the nation are refraining from going to cinemas.
China’s complete field workplace take for this 12 months has reached solely 28.27 billion Chinese language yuan ($4bn) in line with Chinese language cinema knowledge app Dengta. It’s a sharp fall from 2019’s 64.15 billion yuan ($8.9bn) and even final 12 months’s 47.04bn ($6.5bn)