China’s censorship agencies usually work with Hollywood in order to tidy up R-rated films and make them palatable for Chinese audiences. But, as you might imagine, there just was no cleaning up Deadpool without making a hash of the plot. The gleefully foulmouthed comic-book adaptation was so unwilling to compromise with China that it was banned and never screened in China.

Did it help? Deadpool exceeded all expectations to become the sixth-highest grossing film of 2016, so far. So you know what? *%&$ the Chinese box office.

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