Without explanation, China has refused to allow Universal's animated Despicable Me 2 to be included among the 34 foreign films that the country allows to be screened in its theaters each year. Chinese authorities had previously barred World War Z and The Lone Ranger. China has become the second-largest market for films (behind the U.S.), and even though studios collect only about 25 percent of ticket sales in that country, each movie shown there has the potential of bringing tens of millions of dollars into the studios' coffers. Universal had no immediate comment on the Chinese decision, but it could not have been entirely unexpected; the original Despicable Me did not get a release in China, either.
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