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Box office revenue of 2 billion yuan in first month of China's summer movie season


China's box office revenue for the summer movie season, which runs from June 1 to August 31, totaled 2 billion yuan (about $275 million) on Saturday.

Online real-time data shows that as of 9 a.m. Saturday, domestic movies "Moments We Shared," "Be My Friend" and "Walk The Line" ranked in the top three on the charts.

"Moments We Shared," a drama that tells the story of a frustrated young man returning to his hometown from the city, came to dominate China's box office despite releasing only a week ago on June 22.

It was followed by the teen comedy "Be My Friend,"  the story of a teenage girl who has a tumultuous relationship with her mother but accidentally travels back in time to her mother's past.

The crime comedy "Walk the Line" revolves around a policeman and his apprentice, who find themselves in the middle of a crackdown on organized crimes.

More Chinese productions are slated to hit the big screen this summer. Reports show that 88 movies have already been rounded up as of July 19.

According to Zhu Yuqing, a veteran movie critic in Beijing, many movies' scheduling is decided only a month before they are to be released this summer, shortening the time for promotion compared with movies in previous years. 

Some reports have also pointed out a lack of big-budget movies, despite the total number of movies set for the summer. 

(Cover image via CFP)

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