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China Box Office Forecast to Surge to $8.3B in 2017

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China's movie box office is expected to surge 20 percent-plus in 2017, hitting a record total of $8.31 billion (55.0 billion yuan), the country's media regulator said Friday.

In yuan terms, the figure would be up 20 percent, while the growth in dollar terms would even hit 26 percent.

The sizable expansion would mark a major turnaround from 2016, when tickets sales grew by just 3.7 percent to $6.58 billion (45.7 billion yuan) after averaging 35 percent yearly gains for a decade.

The 2017 forecast was made by Zhang Hongsen, Vice Minister of the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, »

- Patrick Brzeski

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Brenton Thwaites, Ben Robson to Star in 'A Violent Separation'

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Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No TalesBrenton Thwaites and Ben Robson have been cast in the lead roles in the crime thriller A Violent Separation.

The two-hander, written by Michael Arkof and directed by Kevin and Michael Goetz, tells the story of a quiet Midwestern town, where a young sheriff, played by Thwaites, covers up a murder at the hands of his older brother, Ray (Robson). Neither of the young men are prepared for the passionate romance that blossoms between Norman and the victim’s younger sister, Frances, played by Alycia Debnam-Carey.

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- Etan Vlessing

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'Tyler Perry's Boo 2! A Madea Halloween': Film Review

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It probably goes without saying that there are no scares in Tyler Perry's Boo 2! A Madea Halloween, the latest vehicle for Perry's cross-dressing claim to fame. And after this many films and stage plays in Perry's poor-man's-Klumps franchise, a viewer can probably guess exactly how many laughs he or she will get from it, too. Either you're part of the fan base that keeps this staggeringly untalented director making movies, or you can barely imagine finding him funny. Representing the former group in a Manhattan multiplex Thursday night, a woman who had chucked five times or so and truly »


- John DeFore

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