The above infographic, provided by the Gravity Group, is a brief summary of the hits and percentages that make up the Chinese box office totals for last year.
Meanwhile, chinafilmbiz has pre-emptively declared that China’s film market has surpassed Japan to become number 2 in the world after the US (where have we heard that one before?), even though box office totals for China ($2.05 billion USD) were slightly less than Japan’s ($2.29 billion USD) in 2011.
The reason? Rob Cain of chinafilmbiz reports that China’s box office totals handily bested Japan’s in the last two months of 2011 and the first month of 2012.
Cain goes on to speculate that China’s film market will overtake the US in 6 to 7 years:
The implications of China’s rapid ascension are enormous for the global entertainment business. As China’s theatrical business grows, so will its television and home video industries. In the coming years China’s global share of the entertainment pie will expand from the low single digits to 20 percent and higher, and China’s buyers will rapidly gain clout in deciding which films get made, and how and where they are produced. The flows of capital for production and marketing of movies will increasingly come from China. By simple attrition, U.S. tastes will become less dominant, and Chinese tastes will become more influential.
An old Nury Vittachi joke from the Hong Kong Joke Book had a tourist asking a waiter to bring him whatever the locals ate, with the waiter bringing two bags of McDonald’s for the tourist group in response.
Meaning, if Chinese tastes become more influential, then Hollywood should be set to dominate the 21st century in the same way it dominated the 20th, since China mostly wants to watch movies featuring large shapeshifting robots making that kssh-koo-ki-ka-koo transforming noise more than anything else.