BEIJING, Nov. 2 (Xinhua) -- Competition in China's film market will become more fierce in November, as the 3D version of the U.S. sci-fi disaster film "2012" is set to arrive in China.
The 3D version of the 2009 film is scheduled to debut on Nov. 20, according to a report in the Friday edition of the Beijing News.
The film will compete with two other blockbusters: Ang Lee's 3D film "Life of Pi" and the homegrown epic "Back to 1942" by renowned director Feng Xiaogang.
The former is set to debut on Nov. 22, while the latter is scheduled to hit screens the following day.
Lee's film, which tells the story of a boy's life at sea on a boat with a tiger, is likely the most anticipated film for next month, according to an earlier report in the Beijing News.
However, "2012" could repeat its performance in 2009, when the film raked in about 74.5 million U.S. dollars to top the box office at that time, the paper said.
The period from late December to early February is usually the busiest time of the year for China's box office, as many domestic films debut then.
China's box office sales have been growing rapidly in recent years, although they have been almost entirely dominated by foreign blockbusters.
Box office sales totaled 1.28 billion U.S. dollars in the first half of 2012, up 41.7 percent year on year, with imported movies taking in three-fifths of box office revenues.