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Although unpredictable, China has been a major factor in decision-making for American film studios. (Source photos by AP, Reuters and Getty Images) 
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What blockbuster? China spurns Hollywood's advances

Regulators freeze out U.S. blockbusters as Chinese audiences become harder to woo

MARRIAN ZHOU, Nikkei staff writer | China

NEW YORK -- Chinese moviegoers have not seen any Marvel film since "Spider-Man: Far From Home" in 2019.

The highly anticipated "Black Widow" and "Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings" have not secured release dates in mainland China even though they have already made splashes overseas and "Shang-Chi" was made with China in mind. The upcoming "Eternals" has not received a slot either.

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