If you are into Hollywood blockbusters, then November is the month for you! China has managed to pack six high-profile releases all into that one month, essentially exhausting the remaining imported movie quota for 2015.
That quota is set at 35 for-profit films per year by SARFT, hater of all things fun. This means that “Star Wars Episode VII – The Force Awakens” will have to wait until 2016 to hit Chinese screens.
Hollywood films are often shut out during the summer months in China to clear the way for domestic movie success. Apparently, November is the month that SARFT has chosen for Hollywood blockbusters to fight against one another like it’s the Hunger Games — which coincidentally will also have its latest installment released in November.
Still, these films should consider themselves lucky, because some studios go to great lengths to get into the world’s second biggest movie market as Late Show host Stephen Colbert brilliantly satirized last week.
Here’s the full list of imported films, via China Box Office:
Ant Man – Friday, October 16
Pan – Thursday, October 22
Everest – Tuesday, November 3
Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials – Wednesday, November 4
Peanuts – Friday, November 6
Spectre – Friday, November 13
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 – Friday, November 20
The Martian – Wednesday, November 25
The SpongeBob Movie: SpongeBob Out of Water – Tuesday, December 1