A slowing of its fortunes in the past few months
isn’t expected to stop Chinese box office from overtaking the U.S. in 2017 for
the first time. That’s according to new data
compiled by Bloomberg. Middle Kingdom moviehouses are on track to rake in $10.4
billion in 2017, versus an estimated $10.2B for the U.S. market, according to
average projections by IHS Markit and PwC. It’s important to note here that the
figures do not rep North America, which are projected by comScore to hit $11.6B
in 2016. The projections in question are just for the U.S. market versus China.