Hopefully, more studios follow Sony’s lead.
According to a report form the Daily Wire, Sony missed out on hundreds of millions of dollars for refusing to censor patriotic scenes and imagery in its latest Spider-Man movie Spider-Man: No Way Home.
From The Daily Wire…
According to the outlet, “Chinese regulators” (China’s National Film Administration answers to the Chinese Communist Party) were bothered by “patriotic” scenes in the movie’s climactic action sequence at the Statue of Liberty. The CCP asked Sony to cut shots that clearly showed Peter Parker and his squad of good guys battling villains on top of Lady Liberty. When the Japanese-owned company rebuffed that request, censors then asked producers to minimize the statue or darken scenes that included it so it would be less noticeable.
Once again, Sony said no. As a result, China banned the film.
Analysts estimate that Sony’s decision to pass up the rich box office potential in the world’s largest movie market likely cost the film between $170 and $340 million.
The film still made $800 million dollars domestically, making it the biggest blockbuster of 2021 and the third highest-grossing movie of all time.
Not bad at all.
Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) shared the news on Twitter, thanking Sony for pushing back on China.
“At a time where most of Hollywood caves to China’s censorship demands a Japanese company refused to do so on behalf of America. Thank you @SonyPictures.”
At a time where most of Hollywood caves to China’s censorship demands a Japanese company refused to do so on behalf of America
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) May 4, 2022