2009 is a booming year for the Chinese film industry. In 2009 the China box office does not only continue the two-digit growth rate since 2003; it has also raised the box office growth up to 43%. In 2009, as the world’s economy suffers a global downturn, China film market’s performance has proved right that movie business can benefit during times of recession.
The main reason behind the rapid growth is the increase of the country’s cinemas and screens. In many major Chinese cities, cinema-going has become a new lifestyle of the country’s burgeoning middle class. As a result, the movie-going population has also largely increased.
Besides the growth in the exhibition sector, the industry has seen major increases in production, distribution and film financing. With the expansion of the market and the influx of capital, the China film industry sees a bustling and prosperous year in 2009.