China movie ticket sales soar in 2017

People print movie tickets from a machine at a cinema in Tianjin, China (Reuters)
Updated 01 January 2018
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China movie ticket sales soar in 2017

BEIJING: China’s total domestic movie ticket sales rose 13.5 percent in 2017 to 55.9 billion yuan ($8.6 billion), a state news agency said Monday.
The top-grossing title was the mainland-made action picture “Wolf Warrior 2,” which took in 5.7 billion yuan ($875 million), the Xinhua News Agency said, citing data from the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television.
China is the second-largest global film market and is narrowing the gap with the US, where last year’s domestic box office is estimated to have declined 2.6 percent from 2016 to $11.1 billion.
Mainland-made movies accounted for 54 percent of 2017 ticket sales, or 30.1 billion yuan ($4.6 billion), according to Xinhua.
The No. 2-grossing title was the Hollywood action movie “The Fate of the Furious,” which earned 2.7 billion yuan.


BBC confuses Sri Lankan President with Indian PM Modi

Updated 21 April 2018
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BBC confuses Sri Lankan President with Indian PM Modi

DUBAI: The British Broadcasting Company (BBC) confused Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena with India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a live broadcast of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting on Friday.
The blunder occurred when the BBC host said “the Prime Minister of India since May 2014 arriving at Buckingham Palace,” while the Sri Lankan president was exiting his car at the entrance of Buckingham Palace
The BBC since apologized for the mistake stating that the reporter on duty was given incorrect information.