The pain in Spain stays mainly in ... well, porno theaters.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Spanish Culture Ministry's Film Institute -- Spain's version of the MPAA -- has given torture film 'Saw VI' an X rating. That effectively relegates the film to showings in the limited circuit of theaters dedicated to pornographic films. The reason: Extreme violence. The pain in Spain stays mainly in ... well, porno theaters.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Spanish Culture Ministry's Film Institute -- Spain's version of the MPAA -- has given torture film 'Saw VI' an X rating. That effectively relegates the film to showings in the limited circuit of theaters dedicated to pornographic films. The reason: Extreme violence.

According to the Reporter, Spanish distributor Buenavista had scheduled a wide release today with 300 copies, a large number for Spain. But an X rating limits the film to showings in only eight theaters that run pornographic films. The rating took Buenavista by surprise; the distributor had expected a "not under 18" like the previous 'Saw' outings, and has appealed the decision. This is the first time the Spanish ratings commission has awarded an X because of violence.

The 'Saw' franchise has been very successful in Spain, where the previous two installments each earned over 4 million Euros ($6 million).

'Saw VI,' distributed in the U.S. by Lionsgate, opens today in more than 3,000 theaters. The previous five films have earned a combined total of more than $340 million and have each been rated R for grisly bloody violence, torture and bad language.

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