Cameron takes 'Avatar' to China

8:15 AM PST 12/05/2009 by Steven Schwankert, AP

'Titanic' reigned as China's boxoffice king for 11 years

BEIJING -- "Titanic" director James Cameron will visit Beijing as part of the promotional tour for his new film "Avatar," landing in the Chinese capital December 23, state media reported Saturday.

Although the film will bow worldwide on December 18, it won't appear on Chinese screens until January 2, making it possibly the first of the 20 films China allows to be imported on a revenue-sharing basis for 2010.

Cameron's blockbuster shipwreck film was China's all-time boxoffice champ until earlier this year, when it was surpassed by "Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen" after 11 years at the top. Both of those Hollywood favorites were then overtaken by the full-court press of Chinese propaganda film "The Founding of a Republic."
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