'The Revenant' news update: preparing to conquer China's big tube; March 18 release

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After the blockbuster success and Oscars Awards trophies of “The Revenant,” the movie “has been approved for a wide release in China,” sources close to the decision in Beijing told The Hollywood Reporter. The report also stated that two sources have told THR that China Film Group, a film company backed up by the Chinese government, is targeting a March 18 release date. This film company has an exclusive control on the film distribution of China.

However, the full version of the movie will not be allowed to be shown in the country, the source told THR. “For sure, there will be a lot of cuts. Some of the violence is too much for China.” The government strictly regulates all the films before it will be released in its local market.

Incidentally, the report also mentioned that Leonardo DiCaprio, the Oscars’ best actor awardee and lead star of “The Revenant” has been loved by the Chinese moviegoers since his movie “Titanic” in 1997. He is popularly known as “Xiao Li” or “Little Leo” in China.

The movie has earned $404 million worldwide box office as of Feb. 28, as reported by rentrak. If China will continue to support “Little Leo,” THR stated that it might exceed North America as the “world’s largest theatrical market” by next year. THR noted that the Chinese box office has increased to 49 percent last year.

In another report by the Deadline, it stated that China’s Bona Film Group has posted on its Weibo account that “The Revenant” will be released on March 18. Weibo is a popular Chinese social media site that is similar to Twitter.

The said report also mentioned that DiCaprio will personally go to China to promote his movie.