I was recently asked by New York Magazine whether I could come up with a list of highest-grossing films in China’s history, foreign and domestic. Chinese statistics and figures are not so reliable considering China has been notoriously vague and even secretive on some of the most important data, typical for a nation that is obsessed with information control. Fortunately, things are improving, particularly with regard to the film industry, as more and more institutions, state-controlled and semi-private, are becoming increasingly aware of the importance of data for the development of a healthy industry.
After some online research, I am able to compile this list as requested. Interested readers of this blog can download the following information, including a list of “Top 10 Chinese Films of All Time at the Chinese Mainland Box Office” and a list of “Top 10 Foreign Films of All Time at the Chinese Mainland Box Office” (Top 10 Films of All Time), for further research.