You might have heard that Avatar is doing pretty darn well in China. (It's the most successful movie of all time there.) Unfortunately, that success doesn't earn it free reign over the theaters. As the LA Times reports, China's state-run movie distributor is pulling the blockbuster from over 1,500 2-D screens. Why? Who or what could stop the reign? Confucius ... That's who.
All of those freed-up screens will now show Confucius --a biography of the ancient philosopher, as played by Chow-Yun Fat. Reports in Hong Kong state that the decision was due to "the urging of propaganda officials who are concerned that Avatar is taking too much market share from Chinese films and drawing unwanted attention to the sensitive issue of forced evictions." By that they don't mean evicting James Cameron's film early, but rather the millions of Chinese residents who have been moved to clear the way for high rises and infrastructure projects. However, some say it's simply a matter of Chinese New Year, a time when domestic films get room to shine.
Perhaps they just fear Confucius will fall to one of his own quotes: Everything has its beauty, but not everyone sees it.