Headlines From China: Cannes Film Festival Adds TikTok As Official Partner

Cannes Film Festival Adds TikTok As Official Partner

The Cannes Film Festival has added a new official partner ahead of this year’s festival: China-owned social media platform TikTok. The platform has had a rapid rise to prominence, attracting more than 4 billion global views and 2 billion downloads to date, according to the company. It has not been without its controversies, however, with questions raised around to what extent user data was protected and whether it could be harnessed by Chinese authorities. Read more Deadline

‘The Batman’ Headed for Weak China Opening Amid COVID Outbreak, Cinema Closures

Hollywood can’t seem to catch a break in China lately. Just as U.S. studio tentpoles were beginning to return to the country at scale, a COVID outbreak spanning two thirds of China’s provinces is shuttering cinemas and casting a pall over local consumer activity all over again. Within the movie sector, box office analysts had been looking forward to the China release of Warner Bros’ The Batman on Friday for some indication of the country’s current appetite for U.S. superhero fare. A source close to the film, however, tells The Hollywood Reporter that the latest tracking suggests an opening of just $15 million to $20 million, down from earlier projections in the $25 million to $30 million range. Read more The Hollywood Reporter

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