Clouds loom over China’s Box Office
21 July 2019 | 8:40 am
China enjoys an enormous film industry, but box office totals are actually heading for their first annual decline in at least 10 years. Potential summer hits that might have actually come to the rescue have been cancelled with no explanation.
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