Avatar pulled from Chinese cinemas

The film Avatar is the victim of its own success.  Authorities in China have pulled the film from screens in order to give local movies a chance. Released on January 4th in China, Avatar has already collected $76 million in the country, making it the most popular film in the history of China.  For this reason, authorities have decided to remove the film from the country’s 1600 theaters. Avatar seems to have much of the market share around the world, but officials in China are hoping that pulling the film will give local productions a chance, such as Confucius, with Chow Yun-Fat. In China, only 20 foreign productions are shown each year.  However, these foreign films are normally only shown for 10 days, and the James Cameron flick has already passed that expiration date. ~Patricia Gougeon

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  1. demigod • January 22, 2010 @ 5:38 AM

    No matter..considering they have no copyright laws, pirating is rampant.

  2. Judy • January 22, 2010 @ 10:52 AM

    overrated anyway… didn’t think it was that great.

  3. Sarah • January 22, 2010 @ 11:01 AM

    I really dont see what the big deal with this movie is i fell asleep 3 times.

  4. Tom • January 22, 2010 @ 11:55 AM

    The big deal is innovation. Innovation is important, and this film is that, at least visually and technically. I agree that the story was pretty straight forward, but even then, its still still a classic theme which is satisfactory, and had it been more complex, you’d have people who would not understand it fully (I know people who didn’t even understand The Dark Knight), and coupled with the high technicality of the film, a complex plot would have made the movie in general too much, or too loaded to really take in.

  5. tanja • January 22, 2010 @ 12:30 PM

    Avatar is Ferngully in 3d – Ok in cartoon form -snorefest in movie form. I wasted my money and time. I hope good ole James is giving royalties to the person who wrote ferngully my god he even copied the tree idea !!!!

  6. Monique • January 22, 2010 @ 1:12 PM

    I liked the movie, but thought District 9 was better.

  7. oh poor china • January 22, 2010 @ 2:33 PM

    only 10 foreign moves is shown in China. poor poor china

  8. 879807897 • January 22, 2010 @ 3:43 PM

    LOL it’s no wonder they’re smarter in general there, none of them want to watch their own movies ALL THE TIME

  9. Dan • January 22, 2010 @ 6:02 PM

    yeah this movie is terrible I don’t know why people like it so much its the worst movie ever i think and the 3D was stupid it was all blurry and stuff I agree District 9 was the best and most awesome movie of all time!!! 2009 movies all sucked except for that god I hate everything that is cool and popular.

  10. Eddie Madison • January 22, 2010 @ 6:53 PM

    You hate everything cool and popular… like good grammar and periods?

  11. I Will Kill All Texters • January 22, 2010 @ 7:58 PM

    I agree, Eddie Madison. Go back to school, Dan! Quit text messaging!

    Qit txt mssgn u fukn r3trds n lrn 2 spll u kunz!

  12. Melissa • January 22, 2010 @ 8:46 PM

    Avatar was dull and overrated. To be honest, I wish they did the same thing in my city. There are plenty of fantastic movies out right now, but they’re being completely ignored because of all the hype and the giant bandwagon that follows Avatar around.

  13. Kevin • January 22, 2010 @ 10:29 PM

    district 9 was crap!!! i hated that movie. i thought about walking out 3 times within the first 20 minutes. it was just as bad as tom cruise’s vanilla sky! district 9 was overblown! avatar rocked!!!
    yes the storyline has been done before but unless you saw it in 3d and loved it, you are a f’n moron. a snooze fest!? i don’t think so. the best movie i have seen. and i have over 300 movies in my collection ranging from silent movies of the 1920’s all the way to last year’s UP.

  14. Carol • January 22, 2010 @ 11:01 PM

    I have no desire to see it. I can’t sit and watch a movie just for the special effects. It has to be interesting mentally. I heard the story is “ok”, and the film is somewhat long from my understanding. Sherlocke Holmes, now that was an awesome movie!

  15. jackie • January 22, 2010 @ 11:20 PM

    Best movie of the decade! Beautiful cinematography…just stunning. It has some typical aspects to the story but other than that, it was original. The technology used to make the animation was perfection. It wasn’t even complete animation, its computer generated but has the soul of the actors. The imagination James Cameron has is astounding!

  16. Shell • January 23, 2010 @ 8:00 AM

    I thought Avatar was great – it was beautifully crafted, my kids were enthralled the entire time and my husband and I loved it. District 9 was great too, but you cannot compare the two because it would be like comparing an apple to an orange. Both are great – but totally different, so I wouldn’t say one is better than the other. For more “hardcore” guts and violence of course District 9 would come out on top. Avatar is more family entertainment and has cinematic beauty to it. How anyone could fall asleep in Avatar is beyond me frankly.

  17. larry • January 23, 2010 @ 11:45 AM

    OMG. This movie is meant to entertain you and possibly enlighten you if you wish to follow the naturalist theme. The tree of life did not originate with Fern Gully it is found in many North American and African cultures. But most of you seem more obsessed with your thoughts of Avatar than the censorship–why do i want to say most of you are self absorbed and missing the point…

  18. Chase • January 24, 2010 @ 3:32 AM

    Avatar was an amazing movie visually. No one can argue against that point. The story, however, (not to mention the names that can only be described as overly obvious and ultimately lame, i.e. “Unobtanium”) left MUCH to be desired.

    Honestly, it’s clear that the Golden Globes give out awards based on popularity and not depth of story with Avatar winning for best movie/drama or whatever it was it won. Personally, a movie needs much more than amazing visuals for me to believe it is award-worthy. Avatar is worth seeing, but it is in no way the best movie of the year. And that’s my rant for today.

  19. Rita • January 24, 2010 @ 7:32 AM

    “Why would human beings (with brains supposedly) nurse sick aliens to health without knowing why they traveled to earth!!?!! Maybe you should know the purpose behind something before you decide to endanger liveseverything in the first 30 minutes had me questioning the intelligence of the writer/director/ everyone involved with the movie and whether or not they were on drugs during the entire creative process.”

    The visuals of Avatar Were Fantastical!! I felt so enlightened and like I was floating in Heaven! BUT the “storyline” was the same as its been for sometime; go get and kill another race for what they have. That was Lame! I Didn’t like that part at all! As above, since People are talking about District 9: My Roommate & I saw the last BORING BORING Hour of it!! I shook my head in Disbelief!! I thought the exact thing that the Reviewer said above. I’m glad I didn’t pay 4 it. OH THE MACHINES ARE KILLING EACH OTHER-yeah right??–OH NO! What a lame “storyline”. Also the humans inside the ‘robots’ were too much. Hey, before roberts serve us (they kind of do that now but not as much as we would like) their “creating” stories where roberts kill each other and “kill” humans. Isn’t it Bad Enough that we ‘have’ to sit through Pretend “violence”, in the movies(that gets worse and Worse)….so much for Peace…

  20. K.Holly • January 24, 2010 @ 7:00 PM

    Everyone has their own opinions as to what constitutes a good film. If Avatar and District 9 were so bad, howcome they’re making so much money? Dont tell me it’s because theyre commercial-thats pretty obvious-They are making it big because theyre properly marketed, advertised, and yes innovative, creative and in the case of Avatar technically advanced, which obviously counts for something in this film. Everyone tries to be a film critic, but truth be told, these directors and producers are wealthy for a reason..

  21. Jacob • January 25, 2010 @ 2:12 AM

    lol, who was the idiot who said the 3d was blurry, were you wearing the 3d glasses they gave you, cause without them it does look blurry, but when you wear them, the 3d looks amazing. Ive watched a lot of movies and avatar is simply amazing; so is district 9 but for two different reasons. avatar is a good story with good characters and amazing cgi/technology. district 9 has amazing characters great sci fi plot but visually isn’t as good, not saying that district 9 isn’t visually amazing. It’s just avatar is the most incredibly thing to come to theaters in a long time. for the first time a movie gave me the total package. avatar is the reason we go to the cinema

  22. demigod • January 25, 2010 @ 12:20 PM

    I have good vision, and find ANY movie in theaters a bit grainy. Movies are much sharper watching them on a hi-def tv.

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