‘Oldboy’ remake bombs at the US box office
Spike Lee’s controversial Oldboy remake has seemingly crashed and burned at the American box office – taking just $850,000 in its opening weekend.
The revenge thriller, which cost $30 million to make, has consequently been dubbed “one of the biggest bombs in recent memory”.
Starring Josh Brolin, Samuel L Jackson and Sharlto Copley, it is a remake of the acclaimed 2003 South Korean movie of the same name.
Directed by Park Chan-Wook , the original version was renowned for its extreme violence, distinctive visual style and haunting mystery plot.
It became one of South Korea’s most successful movies of all time and a cult phenomenon overseas.
The plot in both cases sees an apparently ordinary protagonist imprisoned without explanation for years, before being released and tasked with discovering why he was locked up in the first place.
Oldboy hits UK cinemas this Friday, December 6.