(Les Angeles Times, 23 Jul, 2013) The animated film ”Despicable Me 2″ has been denied a release in China, a spokesperson for distributor Universal Pictures has confirmed.
The 3-D movie, a sequel to the 2010 hit, has grossed $584 million worldwide. And it has been a huge success overseas, taking in $308 million internationally since rolling out in most territories in early July.
It’s not clear why China’s State Administration for Radio, Film and Television (SARFT) blocked the movie from the country, the second largest film market in the world.
The film from production company Illumination Entertainment, the main supplier of family movies to Universal, centers on the Steve Carell-voiced Gru, a reformed baddie who teams up with his minions to save the world from a super-villain named El Macho.
“It’s very unlikely that it is about the content of the film,” said Robert Cain, a producer and film consultant who specializes in the Chinese market. “What could ‘Despicable Me 2′ possibly be doing to threaten people’s interests there?”
The original “Despicable Me” film did not get released in China.
Source: Les Angeles Times