Fifty Shades of Grey has been banned in Nigeria because of its explicit sexual content.
Daily Post Nigeria reports that the country’s National Film and Video Censors Board decided to ban the movie from showing any more in cinemas, although it was screened in theaters when released on Valentine’s Day.
Aside from Nigeria, Kenya, UAE, Malaysia, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea Cambodia and the northern Caucasus of Russia have all banned the movie, all citing the same reason. Its official distributors in China have also refused to release it, while in Zimbabwe, it has been heavily edited in order for it to be shown in theaters.
The film, based on an erotic trilogy written by British author E.L James, is about how a college student Anastasia Steele (played by actress Dakota Johnson) went into a relationship with a young business mogul Christian Grey (played by Jamie Dornan), a relationship filled with violent sex (BDSM). It had a big opening weekend on U.S Box office ($94.3 million), but has been widely panned by critics (currently has a 4.1 rating on IMDb, 4.2 on Rotten Tomatoes).
This weekend, Fifty Shades of Grey is estimated to gross a measly $24 million, which is still enough to top the U.S box office.