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.
Review: ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ Is Bigger & Better Than The First
If you liked Kingsman:The Secret Service, get ready for The Golden Circle. Hands downs this Kingsman is bigger, badder and better than the first.
Director Matthew Vaughn really takes it up a notch and gives fans much more action and fight sequences. Right off the top we see Eggsy (Taron Egerton) in this amazing car chase scene that will have you applauding as soon as the Prince track ends.
And while we’re talking music the film has an amazing sound track. And if you didnt know, Elton John is also in the film acting and singing some of his classic tunes.
What I also loved were the new editions. Channing Tatum, Halle Berry, Jeff Bridges and Pedro Pascal who play the Statesmen – the American version of the Kingsman – and the dynamic between the two is pretty comical. Vaughn really explores the difference between the two cultures – mannered men in suits versus macho men in jeans and cowboy boots.
Then there’s Julianne Moore who plays the villain, she’s like this maniacal Martha Stewart esque drug lord and she’s quite good at it.
Now there are some obnoxious moments (like that sex scene between Egerton and Poppy Delevigne). But I think that’s the point. This franchise is all about turning the spy genre on it’s head and introducing the younger generation to a new type of Bond flick … And we think they are going to love it.
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