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China Reopens Movie Theaters, 'Avatar' And 'Avengers: Endgame' To Be Rereleased

China Reopens Movie Theaters, 'Avatar' And 'Avengers: Endgame' To Be Rereleased
March 26, 2020 - 17:47 / Lucas Anderson

China is set to reopen its movie theatres now that the COVID-19 pandemic has slowed in their country. But with most new films postponed, the theatres will instead show some of the biggest box office successes in recent history.

China hopes to jumpstart interest in moviegoing now that they've reopened theatres. With most major releases postponed, the theatres will show the most popular films of the last few decadesAvatar and Avengers: Endgame headline the list of films set to hit theatres in China.

Sam Worthington as "Jake Sully" in Avatar (2009) dir. James Cameron.

Coronavirus: China movie theatres open with Avatar and Avengers

Avatar and Avengers: Endgame are the two highest grossing blockbuster movies in box office history. China will also screen the other Avengers films, as well as popular Christopher Nolan titles Inception and Interstellar.

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Dates for the rereleases aren't yet determined, but theatres will resume screenings reportedly as soon as the DCP versions of the films arrive.

'Avengers: Endgame' Marvel movie poster (2019) dir. the Russo brothers.

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Chinese society returning to normalcy after COVID-19

China had been on lockdown since late January. Their movie theatre closures prompted headlines about premiere cancellations and contributed to the eventual postponement of major film releases - including No Time To DieF9, and Wonder Woman 1984. European and North American theatres eventually followed suit and today remain closed.

According to People, China reported its first day without new COVID-19 cases on March 19. The country will now ease citizens back into typical routines, which include the return of local cinemas.