Global Showbiz Briefs: Smaller Chinese Cities Seeing Box-Office Boom; Wimbledon Studios Selling Off TV And Movie Sets

Panjin Among ‘Fourth-Tier’ Chinese Cities Seeing Surge At Box Office
Like other so-called fourth-tier Chinese cities, Panjin is experiencing a box-office boom. Theaters there are selling nearly as many tickets in a month as they previously were in an entire year. It’s part of a growing trend that has smaller cities gaining momentum. According to figures from EntGroup Consulting and reported by China Daily, annual box-office revenues in the city near the Liaoning province jumped to $4.17M in 2012 from $432,000 the year prior. It also now has 40 screens compared to 19 in 2011. As of May 12, box office revenues in China for 2013 were up 39% with domestic pictures repping 63% of the total. Small and medium-sized cities were the major driving forces for those local films. EntGroup has said that in 2012, 284 third- and fourth-tier cities accounted for 34% ticket sales. That’s expected to jump to 42% by the end of 2015.

For Sale: Wimbledon Studios’ Movie And TV Sets
The UK’s Wimbledon Studios is rebooting an auction of film and TV sets after an attempt to sell them on eBay went awry. From June 21, suitors can bid on the House of Commons set from The Iron Lady and a replica court room and prison set, both featured on The Bill. They were initially sold on eBay for £123,400, but the buyer never materialized. The studio says it can no longer store the sets and will offload them via Cuttlestones Auctioneers and Valuers. Wimbledon managing director Piers Read said “The buyer needs a lot of space, as the House of Commons set alone covers 5,000 square feet, but if you are a true movie buff and want to say you share the same seat as Meryl Streep on a daily basis, here’s your chance.” For more info, click here.

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