Though there is no talk of the movie being outright banned in China, it's becoming increasingly likely that delays will push its release back to late July, after the five week early-summer blackout imposed on foreign films during the national celebration of the Communist Party's anniversary. And, since by that time it will have been on screens around the world for months, high-quality, dirt-cheap bootleg DVDs of MI3 will have flooded major Chinese cities, thus dramatically reducing the size of its potential theatrical audience.
So, that's a few million more bucks the movie won't make -- which is, you know, terribly sad. Yawn. It's hard to tell how upset anyone will be over this, because though the film has disappointed at home, it's making money hand over fist abroad -- once The Da Vinci Code comes out, however, that might change.