“World War Z” is already in theaters in many countries, though the promotional tour continues on with star Brad Pitt walking the red carpet at premieres around the world. Unfortunately, one country’s premiere has been canceled.
Paramount Pictures released a statement announcing that the red carpet premiere scheduled for Brazil will not go ahead as planned due to widespread protests in the country. The statement reads, “In light of the current and ongoing events taking place in Brazil, we will not proceed with red carpet arrivals. Everyone involved with ‘World War Z’ send their respect and goodwill toward the people of Brazil at this time of national unrest.”
The protests began small after bus fares were increased in Sao Paulo, the LA Times reports. When police cracked down on the movement, the sympathy that was generated led to much larger demonstrations.
“World War Z” came in second at the weekend box office, with $66 million. It debuted behind Disney/Pixar’s “Monsters University,” which raked in $82 million.