🚨 POLL: Does China Deserve Blame For Lying About Coronavirus?
Officials claim that Chinese cinemas brought in $9.2 billion last year, compared to just $910 million a decade ago in the the entertainment industry in Hollywood, according to a report from Breitbart News.
Breitbart’s David Ng suggests this provides Hollywood with “$9 billion reasons not to blame China” amid the coronavirus pandemic. China has been under heavy scrutiny, according to the Associated Press, for allegedly withholding information about the virus for a key period of days.
According to a report from the Associated Press, the punishment of eight doctors for “rumor-mongering” was broadcast on national television on January 2.
By January 14th at the latest, the AP reports, leaked internal documents from China show that Xi knew that the situation was dire and that the “risk of transmission and spread” was “high.”
January 14th is the same day that the WHO is accused of downplaying the outbreak.
However, Hollywood celebrities have often been outspoken in their ridicule of President Trump while remaining silent on the issue of China.
Dave Bautista, one of Hollywood’s most prominent anti-Trump advocates, has been open about criticizing Trump’s handling’s of the pandemic, the daily White House press briefings, and called quarantine protestors “morons.”
Captain America’s Chris Evans criticized the commander in chief on twitter while accusing him of running off stage without answering questions.
However, they, and many of his famous colleagues have stayed silent on the topic of China.
As Hollywood continues to shift to ever-more expensive tentpole movie releases, the major studios are relying on Chinese moviegoers to turn a profit. But to gain access to the world’s second largest movie market, they have to first play nice with China’s film officials who control which foreign titles get to play in the country’s more than 60,000 cinemas.
Movie stars looking to find work in Hollywood need only glance at the figures to know that staying quiet about China is good for their careers and their coffers. The Chinese box office has skyrocketed in the past ten years.
As the star of four Marvel superhero movies, Dave Bautista stands to gain a lot through Disney’s close ties with Beijing. The last two Avengers movies he appeared in grossed a combined $4.85 billion worldwide — with China accounting for 20 percent of their intake, more than any other territory outside North America.
The two Guardians of the Galaxy movies have grossed a combined $1.64 billion, with China accounting for more than 11 percent of that amount.
Some Hollywood blockbusters now make more money in China than they do domestically, including Universal’s Fast & Furious franchise, whose Hobbs & Shaw grossed 16 percent more in China than in North America. 20th Century’s Alita: Battle Angel also outperformed in China, bringing in 55 percent more than domestically.
Last year, the top 25 top grossing Hollywood movies reaped more than 11 percent of their worldwide box-office revenue from China.
Hollywood’s addiction to China was already an ethical dilemma before the Wuhan coronavirus shut down the global economy.