Coronavirus Lockdown Cripples Chinese Box Office: Will Hollywood Movies Take a Hit?

With cities on lockdown and cinemas closed to contain China’s epidemic, the box office lost its annual Lunar New Year boom

China’s ongoing fight against the spreading coronavirus epidemic has caused a widespread shutdown of the country’s economy, including the closure of more than 70,000 movie theaters. The timing could not have been worse for Chinese movie theater chains, as the outbreak came during the Lunar New Year, by far the most popular time for moviegoing in what is becoming the world’s largest box office market.

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Jeremy Fuster

Jeremy Fuster

Box Office Reporter • jeremy.fuster@thewrap.com