Hunger Games Rules, But 'Oldboy' Remake Could Be Biggest Flop of 2013
The 'Oldboy' remake flopped at the box office.
The big news from the weekend's box-office was The Hunger Games: Catching Fire reasserting its superiority with an impressive second week total of $74.5 million. That's a huge increase in the $58 million that the original film made in its second week. The Jennifer Lawrence-starring sequel as now taken an incredible $573 million worldwide and looks on-course to become the biggest grossing movie of the year
Josh Brolin in Oldboy
Though Catching Fire was the big winner at the box-office, it was Spike Lee's completely unnecessary remake of Chan-wood Park's 2003 classic Oldboy that made the headlines. The film - which cost $30 million to make - bombed with just $850,000 in takings from 583 theaters. The film has considerable draws in the form of Samuel L. Jackson and Josh Brolin, though the publicity tour was almost non-existent and reviews were terrible.
"What's onscreen feels squeezed, truncated and curiously embalmed. It's got no kick to it... Oldboy just lies there like old news that's not worth a second thought" wrote Peter Travers of Rolling Stone.
It probably didn't help that - just before the movie's release - an artist named Juan Luis Garcia claimed Lee had stolen his artwork for the movie and presented it as his own. The director dismissed the claims, though internet users smeared the movie's Facebook page with messages to boycott the film.
Josh Brolin Stars In Spike Lee's 'Oldboy'
"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," the director tweeted.
In an email to The Hollywood Reporter, Garcia said he hoped Lee could help him resolve the situation with the ad agency without taking any legal action.
"I don't want to sue anyone, it's not in my nature, but if that's what it comes down to, so be it," he wrote in the email. "I'm thrilled he liked the posters and hope they continue using them, but I need to be renumerated."