David Ayer’s Suicide Squad comes out this week, with reviews already flooding the web, but one country may not be seeing the film. According to The Hollywood Reporter, China does not yet have a release date for the film, even though they are the second largest movie market in the world.
The Warner Brothers market there say it is increasingly unlikely that they will release it. “They think this is not a good film to release in China,” a Chinese executive said.
Beijing’s censorship committee are the ones who make decisions like this and the film thought that since they chose a PG-13 rating, that it would squeak by.
They even changed the Chinese local title to “Special Task Force X” many think to remove the word “suicide” from the title. Deadpool, was also stopped from China release due to violence and language.
China doesn’t have a ratings system, so these things are decided on a case by case basis, but the
The Chinese box office is growing to become a more important part of the international box office. It made $235.5 million on Disney’s Zootopia, which took about 175 million to make. Hollywood doesn’t make as much back from China as other markets, though.
If they do release Suicide Squad in China, it won’t be for a while, as when they do approve films, they do it 30-40 days in advance of release.