Executives at Sony Pictures Entertainment are working to get “Django Unchained” back into theaters in China after the film was abruptly pulled on its opening day. Some screenings were halted after they were already underway.
It wasn't immediately clear why the action was taken.
"We regret that ‘Django Unchained’ has been removed from theaters and are working with the Chinese authorities to determine whether the film can be rescheduled," said Sony Pictures Entertainment spokesman Steve Elzer on Thursday.
The film was to have been the first Quentin Tarantino film to be released in China, even though parts of his “Kill Bill” films were shot there.
“Django” has already taken in about $256 million internationally. The top overseas markets for the film so far have been those of Germany, France and the United Kingdom. “Django” has collected more than $162 million at the U.S. box office.