*Quentin Tarantino‘s “Django Unchained” re-opened in China yesterday to disappointing numbers after it was snatched suddenly from the country’s theaters last month.
Some “minor changes” were made, according to Shanghai’s UME Cineplex. According to Deadline.com, the edited version is three minutes shorter, with nudity scenes omitted.
As previously reported, the film in its original cut was pulled just minutes into its opening screenings on April 11, without an official explanation. The film was expected to take in “a conservative 60 million yuan ($9.8M) in ticket sales” during its April debut, according to China Daily. But Sunday’s re-opening was poor.
“The film’s seat occupancy rate is below 30 percent as of 3:30 this afternoon,” Zhang Wenwen, manager of Wanda International Cineplex, Beijing, told China Daily. In Shanghai, UME International Cineplex in Xintiandi showed a 50 percent rate, but that was still below the box office average compared with other Hollywood movies, including “Iron Man 3” and Tom Cruise’s “Oblivion,” which debuted on Friday.