Share this on Twitter Share this on Facebook Share this on LinkedIn Share this on Sina Weibo Share this on Wechat Share this on LinkedIn “Wolf Warrior 2” was a box-office hit in China, and currently stands as the country’s highest-grossing film of all time.Credit: Wolf Warrior 2 With the government maintaining its chokehold on the coronavirus, there are a lot of things that people in China were able to do that Americans couldn’t in 2020. One of those prized activities was going to the movies. And as a result, for the first time, China had the world’s biggest box office market in 2020, a year that saw global revenues fall to less than a third of their 2019 peak. Analysts had predicted that China would soon overtake the United States as the world's biggest film market, with a 2017 Deloitte report even foreseeing 2020 as the year that the two countries would swap the No. 1 and 2 slots. But with the pandemic dampening ticket sales, it's not clear how long that will last. Paul Dergarabedian, a senior analyst at Comscore, expects that North America will likely retake the throne as the biggest box office market again soon — though perhaps not in 2021, if the pandemic lingers in the United States and Canada. Even before its breakout peSubscribe or login to read the rest. Subscribers get full access to: Exclusive longform investigative journalism, Q&As, news and analysis, and data on Chinese business elites and corporations. We publish China scoops you won't find anywhere else. A weekly curated reading list on China from David Barboza, Pulitzer Prize-winning former Shanghai correspondent for The New York Times. A daily roundup of China finance, business and economics headlines. We offer discounts for groups, institutions and students. Go to our Subscriptions page for details.