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You might say Pandora is being removed from the box -- or at least from 2D movie screens in China, where 'Avatar' has become its highest-grossing film to date.

According to the LA Times, the government is pulling the Golden Globe-winning epic from 1,628 2D theaters. Its replacement: a biopic based on the life of Confucius.

In the meantime, 'Avatar' can still be seen in the approximately 900 theaters that house its 3D version. But the question remains: What caused the Chinese government to take such action? You might say Pandora is being removed from the box -- or at least from 2D movie screens in China, where 'Avatar' has become its highest-grossing film to date ($76 million).

According to the LA Times, the government is pulling the Golden Globe-winning epic from 1,628 2D theaters. Its replacement: a biopic based on the life of Confucius, starring Chow-Yun Fat.

In the meantime, 'Avatar' can still be seen in the approximately 900 theaters that house its 3D version. But the question remains: What caused the Chinese government to take such action?

The L.A. Times quoted a report in a Hong Kong newspaper suggesting that the underlying politics of 'Avatar' -- in particular, the idea of people being uprooted from their homes -- isn't sitting well with Chinese policy makers, given that a great deal of its physical and economic growth has been predicated on relocating tens of millions of people from their ancestral lands.

Meanwhile, another theory advanced in the Times' story suggests that 'Avatar' has been "taking too much market share" from films made in China. And yet a third theory holds that the situation is actually benign: With the Chinese New Year coming soon, it's traditional for domestic films to take the place of foreign films in China's cinemas.

Tell us: Why do you think 'Avatar''s theater count in China has decreased?