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China fuels record global box-office revenue in 2014
China fuels record global box-office revenue in 2014

A surge of ticket sales in China sent Hollywood's box office to a new high last year, even though theater revenue at home slumped. Global box-office revenue climbed to $36.4 billion, according to an annual report Wednesday from the Motion Picture Assn. of America. And much of the growth came from one country: China. The world's most populous nation saw its box-office revenue jump 34% to a staggering $4.8 billion last year, making it the first foreign market to cross the $4-billion threshold. That growth was fueled largely by Hollywood action, fantasy and sci-fi films such as "Transformers: Age of Extinction," the top-grossing film ever in mainland China, as well...

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