The News Lens
By: Olivia Yang
The saga over murky box office numbers in Taiwan continues. On Aug. 12, 2016, a public hearing held between the Ministry of Culture, representatives and other personnel from the film industry concluded with all sides agreeing to maintain Taiwan’s current box office reporting system. However, statistics are to be transferred to the Taiwan Film Institute and will only be made available daily to people in the film industry. Those wishing to view the numbers are required to register with the Taiwan Film Institute and will receive the information before noon each day.
After consulting the local film industry and referencing the reporting systems of other countries, the Taiwan Film Institute began providing daily statistics to registered members on Dec. 26, 2016 and released its first box office report (currently only available in Mandarin) for November 2016 to the public on Jan. 5. [FULL STORY]