'Inception' gets early China bow

Nolan film premiere moved up three weeks

BEIJING – Global blockbuster “Inception” will butt heads in China next week with “The Expendables” when the Christopher Nolan film opens here on Sept. 2.

The China Film Group is handling the “Inception” distribution for Warner Brothers, now three weeks earlier than previously expected. Local media reports state that the film passed through censorship without any cuts.
Although “Inception” will now miss the late-September crush of titles lined up to meet the Oct. 1 National Day rush, its dazzling effects and Leonardo DiCaprio will have to vie with Sylvester Stallone and local hero Jet Li.

Chinese moviegoers spent 73 million yuan ($10.7 million) on “The Expendables”  in the first three days after its Aug. 20 premiere.

DiCaprio was China's leading man for 12 years as the star of James Cameron's "Titanic," which was the country's all-time boxoffice hit until late 2009.

China's boxoffice grossed $909 million in the first six months of 2010, and could reach $1.5 billion by the end of the year.