Amid poor reviews but a strong early box office receipts comes word that “Suicide Squad” is unlikely to be released in China, the world’s second-largest film market.
Despite its violent content, the Warner Bros. earned a PG-13 rating from the MPAA. However, that doesn’t appear to have been enough for “Suicide Squad” to receive a nod from Chinese censors.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the state-owned China Film Group, which controls the importation of all foreign films, still hasn’t placed “Suicide Squad” on its internal release calendar, which is usually set at least two months in advance.
In January, China rejected release of Fox’s R-rated “Deadpool” because of the film’s depictions of violence, nudity and graphic language. Still, there had been some hope that censors might give “Suicide Squad” pass due to its PG-13 rating (Warner Bros. even altered the title for local release to “Special Task Force X”).
Although it will likely miss out on revenue from China’s more than 20,000 movie screens, “Suicide Squad” appears on track to be a hit in most of the markets where it does open. Despite negative reviews, it’s expected to debut this weekend in North America to the tune of $145 million — an August record — while also raking in big bucks overseas.
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