Sony Says ‘Django Unchained’ to Open in China on May 12

Director Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained” will open in China on May 12, about a month after the picture was pulled from theaters without explanation, distributor Sony Pictures Entertainment said.

The violent film, starring Leonardo Di Caprio as a cruel slave owner the pre-Civil War South, had originally been scheduled to open in Chinese theaters in April.

“We thank the local authorities for quickly resolving this issue,” Culver City, California-based Sony said today in an e- mailed statement.

The film was removed from cinemas on April 11, it’s opening day, without warning, the Hollywood Reporter said on April 12. Chinese authorities may have been concerned about scenes of nudity that weren’t removed after the original review by Chinese authorities, the publication said.

“Django Unchained” has pulled in $420.6 million in ticket sales worldwide since its release in December, according to Box Office Mojo, a researcher.

Sony is distributing the Weinstein Co. film in some markets outside the U.S.

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