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Fans of The Hunger Games film series were disappointed this weekend, when the film opened in many countries across the globe, but not China.

Despite China now being the world's number two cinema market, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 saw its China release delayed until at least January 2015, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Although day-and-date releases – films being released at the same time as their premiere in the United States – for Hollywood blockbusters are relatively common, Hunger Games may have been delayed because foreign films have earned more in China this year than domestic films, THR reported.

Domestic audiences are looking forward to the upcoming release of Gone With The Bullets, the third instalment in Jiang Wen's Eastern Western series that began with Let The Bullets Fly, and John Woo's The Crossing, Part 1, due out December 2.

Photo: The Hollywood Reporter/Lionsgate

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