Noah Denied China Release


Darren Aronofsky’s latest biblical blockbuster will not be hitting screens in China. Censors have recently decided to ban the release of Noah due to religious reasons.

China is not the first country to ban the film. Indonesia, along with a number of other Muslim countries, has made the same decision. However, the news is still disappointing for those backing the film, given that China is the second largest film market.

An anonymous source told The Hollywood Reporter, “This was for religious reasons, though it seems the whole issue was quite complicated.” The film’s obvious biblical ties have proven problematic for a secular China. There is also speculation that the film was banned for commercial purposes.

Noah, starring Russell Crowe, was scheduled for release in mid-May. When the movie hit international cinemas in March it became Arnonfsky’s highest grossing film to date. Costing an enormous $125 million to produce, the film has returned $300 million at the box office. While the film has seen worldwide success, $100 million of those earnings have been made within North America. In Brazil, Noah is now the highest grossing Paramount film of all time, raking in $23.4 million.

Noah was set for release in China on a flat-fee basis. Annually they allow 34 films to be screened on a revenue-share basis. However, Aronofsky’s epic was not one of these.

A few big titles are scheduled for release in China over the next couple of months, including Godzilla and Transformers: Age of Extinction.

– L.D.


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