Oldboy Takes a Beating at the Box Office; The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Cooks Up a Thanksgiving Feast

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Oldboy Takes a Beating at the Box Office; Hunger Games RulesJust $1.25 million over five days. Yep, that’s the dismal take Spike Lee’s Oldboy (review here) brought in during the holiday weekend. Sure, it only opened in 583 locations, but still. Read on for details.

Box Office Mojo reported the news that Lee’s remake of the Korean classic took in just $1.25 million for the five-day frame ($850,000 three-day). That’s well below expectations and really just a fraction of the film’s $30 million budget. Oldboy came in 17th in the top 20.

In the number one spot is The Hunger Games: Catching Fire with a weekend gross of $74,500,000 (three-day), bringing it to a whopping $296,500,000 since its release. It also obliterated a Thanksgiving weekend record. With $110.1 million from Wednesday to Sunday, the blockbuster sequel destroyed the five-day Thanksgiving weekend record held for the past 12 years by Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone ($82.4 million).

Could all the negative press and weird goings-on have added to Oldboy‘s woes? Are people finally sick of pointless remakes? A combination of both maybe? Tell us what you think below.

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  • DavidFullam

    Spike better start looking at jobs in radio, TV, or theater.

  • Sirand

    While Ma & Pa Kettle might not know of the original Oldboy, every movie fan on the planet holds it in the highest regard. So it was a failure to even attempt a remake.

    Catching Fire may be the pop culture obsession, but it’s also a fantastic film. Glad it wiped the floor with Oldboy.

  • theGoldenSimatar

    Considering it was only out in barely 600 theaters and with practically no advertising; not surprised.

  • LSD Zombie

    Wow, I don’t think we’ll be seeing another Spike Lee film in theaters for quite some time. That’s fine by me.

  • shallowcuts

    guess they were right.
    they cant afford to pay that guy for his poster conceptuals.

    • Uncle Creepy

      ZING! LOL

  • kiddcapone

    It doesn’t take a nation of millions to hold us back…from watching any Spike Lee Joint. All the reasons listed here plus the fact Spike Lee sucks as a director are exactly why the movie flopped.

  • nazo

    As far as I can tell, there are a few things going on here. First, the original movie wasn’t a hit. It made less than a million dollars stateside. Relatedly, how much name recognition does Oldboy really have? Outside of film douche circles? Thirdly, how much commercial appeal does Spike Lee have? He’s had one hit in the past decade, and I think that was more about Denzel than him. It did not have a particularly gripping title, poster, or trailer. Fifth, the Hunger Games.