Before the latest weekend, gross revenues in the year to date stood at 2.38 billion for the North American compared with 2.43 billion for China, according to data from ComScore.
U.K.-based research firm Gower Street Analytics forecast that the North American figure would overtake China’s revenues over the weekend or early this week. That reflects business growth in North America and the current reversal in China, where anti-covid measures are causing renewed cinema closures.
Gower Street says that some 85 of global cinemas are now open for business, compared with pre-pandemic levels.
The researcher compares recent box office performance with mean 2018-19 low-, median- and top quartile score weekends to create a five-step scale of recovery in each market.