Chinese Censors have approved Michael’s ‘This Is It’ movie, and have given the film one of the last foreign film import slots, which are restricted to twenty each year.
Li Chow, Sony Pictures Releasing International’s general manager for China told the Associated Press in a phone interview that Sony Pictures will give the movie as wide a release as possible because of Michael’s big fan base in China, depending on how many prints they can issue before October 28th. China had nearly 4,100 screens at the end of 2008. “We’ll do as many prints as possible. It depends on the labs,” Li said.
China only allows twenty major foreign films to be released in the country every year on a revenue-sharing basis. But those Hollywood releases are often immensely popular. China’s two most recent all-time box office records were both set by American films.