For some unknown reason the subversive and assuredly subliminally political film Despicable Me 2 will not be released in China. No official word on why the film is being prevented from Chinese theaters and Universal has so far declined to comment. This year especially has proven that movies are an international market with films like After Earth and Pacific Rim going from borderline bombs to making money thanks, in part, to burgeoning markets like China. This isn't the first film to get denied by Chinese censors with World War Z and The Lone Ranger both being directly affected.
This isn't Universal's first trouble with China either. Fast and Furious 6 is being released this Friday in China after months of delays from the international release. Which in turn hurts possible box office returns since piracy is big in China. Luckily both Despicable Me 2 and F&F 6 have done well for themselves already and losing an extra $30 million from China isn't a big deal.
The questions remains if other studios will stand up to China's seemingly arbitrary censorship and piracy policies or if they will appease the country in hopes of cashing in on their growing market.