New Winnie the Pooh movie denied release in China

China Won't Release Disney's 'Christopher Robin' Movie

Twitter trolls President Xi Jinping after China blocks Winnie the Pooh movie

Although "Christopher Robin" won't be shown to the country of 1.3 billion people, it made a solid debut in the U.S. last Friday, grossing US$24.6 million (£19 million) in ticket sales.

The live-action film premiered worldwide over the weekend except in China, where authorities did not provide a reason why the Disney movie was banned. In 2015, a picture showing Xi Jinping riding in a motorcade alongside an image of Winnie the Pooh in a toy auto was reportedly labelled as "China's most censored photo' by political analysis company Global Risk Insights".

People compared Xi to Winnie the Pooh and Obama to Tigger.

China, the world's second-largest film market, limits the number of foreign-made films allowed into the country to 34 a year. The government responded by cracking down on images of the paunchy cartoon character.

"Can I still say Winnie the Pooh?" posted several users on Weibo, a Chinese microblogging site, on Tuesday, testing censors by adding images of Xi and Pooh.

Disney's A Wrinkle in Time was also denied a release in China earlier this year, while the studio's new action film Mission Impossible: Fallout and Ant-Man and The Wasp were are among the Disney films which have opened there this year.

"Taiwan's OhBear is dismayed at the ban slapped on his cousin Winnie's latest film by censors in China", it said, referring to its tourism mascot "Oh Bear".

A second weekend total of 435 million was enough to make sure that the Tom Cruise franchise movie was at the top for a second weekend, the film now has a domestic USA total of $124.4 million after 10 days of release.

The film, starring Ewan McGregor and a CGI Winnie the Pooh, aspires to tell the tale of recapturing childhood innocence.

The government has not completely banned photos of Pooh from the internet, but it has restricted them.

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