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China Punishes More Than 300 Cinemas For Box Office Cheating

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Box office cheating was widespread in China with other cases hitting the headlines in 2014 and 2015.

Patrick Frater reports: Chinese film regulators have punished 326 cinemas for their part in box office fraud. They are the first to be punished under the Film Promotion Law which came into effect at the beginning of the month.

” In still other instances they have colluded to switch receipts from one film and to pad the receipts of another. In the past those had included cases of artificially boosting state-backed propaganda films.”

Punishments range from the forced closure of theaters for three months and fines of $145,000 (RMB 1 million) for the 63 biggest cases, down to fines of $24,000 (RMB200,000.) The 90 theaters caught out in frauds of less than $12,000 (RMB100,000) were given written warnings.

[Read the full story here, at Variety]

News of the regulatory action was announced via state media on Wednesday. It did not specify the nature of the fraud.

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[The Hollywood Reporter has more]

Box office cheating was widespread in China with other cases hitting the headlines in 2014 and 2015. In some cases theaters have colluded with distributors in massive ticket buying operations that are intended to give the impression that a film is enjoying greater success than in reality. In other cases, theaters have stolen receipts. … (read more)

via Variety

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