Spike Lee’s latest film was a box office bomb. Oldboy earned just around $1.25 million in its first five days of release, making it the 17th most popular film at the box office over the holiday weekend.
The film is a remake of a 2003 South Korean film of the same name. That film, which is currently streaming on Netflix for anyone looking to watch a far superior version than Lee’s, grossed roughly $800,000 during its release.
According to a representative for FilmDistrict, the studio that released the contemporary “Oldboy,” the R-rated action flick did well in New York and Los Angeles, but in all, only appeared on a little more than 500 screens nationwide. “FilmDistrict had limited exposure on the film and expects to see some traction in the home entertainment and other ancillary arenas,” a press release announcing the opening weekend figure noted.
In addition to dealing with his box office bomb, the director has also been dealing with rumors that the production company stole the concept design for the film’s poster. Designer Juan Luis Garcia made the claim, and Lee finally responded to the controversy on Twitter, writing:
“I never heard of this guy Juan Luis Garcia. If he has a beef it’s not with me. I did not hire him. Do not know him. Cheap trick writing to me. Yo.”
Way to standup and fight for the little guy, Spike.
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