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Spike Lee’s once-highly anticipated remake of the cult Korean classic Oldboy crashed with a thud at the box office this past weekend, earning just $1.3 million in its first five days of release.
This marks the latest cinematic disappointment for Lee, who is coming off two straight flops — 2008′sMiracle at St. Anna and last year’s critically reviled low-budget drama Red Hook Summer.
Oldboy initially had strong buzz thanks to its cast (headlined by Josh Brolin and Samuel L. Jackson) and its popular source material. But apparently friction with the studio producing the film may have compromised the final product, which received mostly tepid reviews from critics.
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In 1994, after the release of the expensive, time consuming and controversial Malcolm X, Spike Lee toned it down a bit for his next film Crooklyn. With a young girl playing the protagonist, Troy, the movie would go on to become one of two Spike Lee joints that received a PG 13 rating. And though it was a bit lighter in subject matter, the movie went on to become number 3 in the box office the week it was released. You know the lines and the comical, tragic and touching plot but we bet you don’t know about these secrets. Check them out.
Before School Daze what movies were talking about the good, the bad and the ugly of black college life? Though this was only Spike Lee’s third film, he took on heavy topics including colorism in the black community, Greek life and apartheid. It only took Lee $152,000 to complete School Daze‘s predecessor, She’s Gotta Have It, and Columbia studios entrusted him with $6 million for this one. Though the musical drama was received with mixed reviews, (which we’ll get to later), the film went on to earn $14.5 million at the box office. Check out the interesting little facts and tidbits behind this game-changing flick.