With the number of coronavirus cases declining in China, 500 theaters have reopened to the public showing re-releases of popular movies.
Although box office profits aren’t ground breaking, over 500 Chinese theaters have been reopened following a notable decline in coronavirus cases across the country. A report from Variety revealed that across five provinces with re-opened theaters, just $2000 was made. 507 theaters across Xinijiang, Sichuan, Fujian, Guangdong and Shangdong reopened after China confirmed there had been no new local cases of coronavirus aside from 39 infections brought in from outside the country. Disappointingly though, theaters in Guangdong and Fujian didn’t sell a single ticket to any of the re-released movies.
Clearly, it’s going to take some time for the industry to recover following the coronavirus pandemic, but at least the theaters reopening across the country is a positive sign that the the situation is returning back to normality. According to ticketing company Maoyan, the 2019 Chinese thriller Sleep Without a Shepherd topped the box office chart on Monday. Although an official release date hasn’t been set yet, Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone will be playing in 4K to get audiences back into theaters. It makes sense, since the feel-good movie will provide a few hours of distraction after the troubling coronavirus situation has gripped the world for the last few months.
China Film Group re-released Capernaum, The Wandering Earth, Wolf Warrior 2, American Dreams in China, and Wolf Totem for audiences to go see in the past weekend. The group is also looking to re-release Green Book, A Dog’s Purpose and A Dog’s Journey while a recent rumor suggested that all four Avengers movies could also make a come-back. Given that the theaters across the U.S. only recently closed, it’ll be sometime before they follow China and reopen to the public. Even then it’s impossible to know if the box office will recover quickly or whether the constant delays of upcoming movies will harm the situation further.
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