Brad Pitt isn’t flying down to Rio.
The red-carpet premiere of World War Z in Brazil has been canceled amid ongoing protests that started in São Paolo in response to a planned bus fare hike but ultimately gave rise to nationwide demonstrations.
Pitt had been scheduled to walk the carpet, as was the film’s director, Marc Forster.
Despite fears that World War Z‘s storied production problems and fair-to-middling reviews would deter moviegoers, the zombie-invasion flick opened a strong second to Monsters University this past weekend with $66 million at the domestic box office.
Before the movie’s star-studded (but Angelina Jolie-less) New York premiere, Pitt also hit red carpets in London, Paris, Berlin and Moscow and crisscrossed the world thrilling fans at a handful of screenings.
by Natalie Finn