Weekend Box Office: 'Mission: Impossible' bests Winnie-the-Pooh

Movie posters of Christopher Robin and Mission Impossible – Fallout. Images via Twitter @DisneyCRobin @MissionFilm

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. The analysis firm said the Chinese government viewed the meme as "a serious effort to undermine the dignity of the presidential office and Xi himself".Christopher Robin is the second Disney film to be denied a release in China this year, after A Wrinkle in Time was blocked.

While no official reason has been given, Chinese President Xi Jinping's appearance was previously unfavourably compared to Winnie the Pooh's, prompting a large-scale crackdown on the honey-loving cartoon bear. As a result, Pooh has been banned on social media in the country and has become a symbol of political resistance with detractors of the Communist party.

There is also a popular picture of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shaking Mr Xi's hands, which was juxtaposed with a picture of Pooh shaking paws with Eeyore.

With one particular image comparing President Xi to Winnie and President Obama to Tigger.

Government censors has been erasing the images that mocked Xi on social media.

And despite being released around the world, fans of Winnie the Pooh living in China will not be able to enjoy watching the film.

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

A picture showing Mr Xi in a motorcade alongside Pooh in a toy auto was named "China's most censored photo of 2015" by political analysis firm Global Risk Insights.

China has an annual foreign film quota, this year set at 34, that limits the number of movies to be shown in the country.

This article has been adapted from its original source.

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