While the number of movie tickets sold domestically tumbled 7 percent in 2010, they smashed records in other countries, published reports indicated on Wednesday. In France admissions totaled 206.5 million, the highest since 1967. Total box office receipts came to $1.7 billion. China's State Administration of Radio, Film and Television reported that the nation's theaters took in $1.5 billion in ticket sales in 2010, setting an all-time record. People's Daily quoted Yang Buting, chairman of China Film Promotion International, as saying, "The burgeoning Chinese film industry has benefited enormously from fast growth in the number of screens," which have increased from 4,723 at the beginning of 2010 to about 6,000 at the end of the year. In addition, Hong Kong raked in $196.5 million in ticket sales in 2010.

06/01/2011