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Can China Save Hollywood?

The movie industry’s obsession with Chinese growth is already changing American cinema. Studios hope the country will rescue it too.
The Fate of the Furious star Dwayne Johnson posing for selfies in Beijing’s CBD Wanda theater.

SUMMER IS SUPPOSED to be Hollywood’s most glorious season, a time for tentpole franchises to showcase A-list actors implausibly escaping from expensively produced explosions. But this year, even the slew of superhero flicks careering toward the big screen can’t fight off Hollywood’s most fearsome foe: stagnating theater attendance.

Over the past decade, the number of tickets sold annually in the U.S. and Canada has sunk by 80 million.

Meanwhile, per capita attendance fell 14% since 2007,

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