Mathew Alderson in The LA Times

According to Mathew Alderson, a Beijing-based entertainment attorney with law firm Harris Moure, pirated “Django” DVDs were widely available in China prior to the film’s initial release in April.

“The controversy surrounding the initial release would be expected to have driven interest in the pirated DVD versions,” said Alderson in an email interview. Such piracy is likely to have tamped down demand to see “Django” on the big screen.