After the successful holding of the 20th National Congress of the CPC, the TV series “Our Ten Years” celebrating the Congress was broadcast on the country’s central media, local platforms and online platforms. “Our Ten Years” in the Chinese film market has passed the test of the past ten years and has shown strong vitality in the face of difficulties and achieved impressive results. In today’s episode, we’re going to take a look at what the Chinese film market has looked like over the past ten years.
The total box office revenue of Chinese films over the past ten years to the end of 2021 was 407.09 billion yuan. The number of movie theaters in the city was over 11.3 billion. Chinese films recorded the highest total box office revenues in the world in 2020 and 2021. After the comedy film “Lost in Thailand” was released in December 2012, box office revenue unexpectedly exceeded 1 billion yuan. During the ten years of development of Chinese films, the proportion of domestic films at the box office has caused many surprises.
The construction of China’s film infrastructure has made great progress over the past ten years. The construction of theaters has helped the Chinese box office to grow rapidly. From 2012 to 2021, the number of theaters in China increased significantly. The number of theaters in China stood at 3,622 in 2013 and 14,201 in 2021.
Apart from this, the number of cinema screens is also increasing rapidly in recent years. In 2012, the number of cinema screens nationwide was 13,118; However, in 2021, it stood at 82,248. As of 2016, Mainland China ranks first in the world in terms of the total number of screens. The total number of screens in cinemas in China will exceed 100,000 by 2025, according to the target set in the “14th Five-Year Plan for the Development of Chinese Films”.
In the current decade, film reform is also progressing simultaneously. The General Bureau of Radio, Film and Television of China opened up the film market in 2014 and provided access to private funds for film development. In the past, there were only a few regular companies to produce each film. Currently, film producers, co-producers and private film and television companies produce continuously. All contributed material and financial resources to the development of the film.
Private capital has entered the film industry. Helped revitalize the film market and diversify the market. It would not be an exaggeration to say that Chinese national films have improved enormously in just 10 years. Apart from the gratifying quantity, the themes of domestic films have also diversified. Great military, war, action, comedy, animation, science and fiction films are constantly being made. Three generations of filmmakers, old, middle-aged and young, work together to create films that are relevant to the times and popular with audiences.
Looking at the achievements and experiences of the film industry’s development over the past ten years, we can see that film art has become more abundant and diverse, and the production system has become more multidimensional and multilayered. Contemporary Chinese filmmakers emphasize portraying changes in weather and social life in their own way and tell emotional and timely Chinese stories to express the human voice. The creativity of the film industry constantly creates new miracles.
With the support of relevant policies and the encouragement of the market, the development of high-quality national documentaries has become possible. In 2021, box office receipts for domestic documentaries were 34 times greater than in 2012. The last ten years have seen a bunch of admirable documentaries. In 2017, viewership of the documentary “Twenty Two” exceeded 5.6 million and box office receipts exceeded 170 million yuan, setting a box office record for a national documentary.