Sources at Sony says the studio has yet to submit its reboot of Ghostbusters for consideration in China, after reports surfaced that Chinese censors denied the film a release. Sony, which we hear will submit the film in the coming week to China Film Group, had no comment.
As my colleague Nancy Tartaglione reported over the weekend, only two studio titles are in play in July in the Middle Kingdom — TMNT2 opened July 2 and has grossed $49.8M, The Legend of Tarzan opens on July 19 — and the rest are local titles. Finding Dory is nearing the end of its run in China, having amassed $38.1M so far. Ice Age: Collision Course hits there in August.
Although the country’s censorship rules forbid movies that promote superstition, films with supernatural elements have played there. For instance, China traditionally doesn’t play horror films, but STX’s The Boy opened there in April (even though it wasn’t a quota movie). Also Snow Flower and the Secret Fan was a big hit in the Middle Kingdom about five years ago, and that film — which starred local favorite Bingbing Li — had elements of the supernatural in it. There also have been movies that have played in China that feature ghosts.
This past weekend, China’s sequel Cold War II, the animated pic Big Fish & Begonia and Never Gone — which is a kind of sequel to the 2013 romantic drama So Young — topped the box office there.
Nancy Tartaglione contributed to this report.