BEIJING (AP) -- China's box office has grown by almost 50 percent so far this year to surpass $6 billion in ticket sales.
The Film Bureau says China's 2015 box office sales hit 40 billion yuan ($6.3 billion) as of Thursday night, an increase of 48 percent year on year.
China is the world's No. 2 movie going market after the United States.
Chinese films accounted for more than 59 percent of box office revenue.
Domestic films are helped by authorities limiting the number of screens for foreign movies during prime movie-going holiday periods.
Among the top earners were "Monster Hunt," a Chinese live-action animation film, and "Fast & Furious 7."