You don't tug on Superman's cape and you can't insult a Hollywood legend and expect your movie to make money.
Spike Lee's epic war drama "Miracle at St. Anna," finished ninth in the weekend box office derby pulling in a dismal $3.5 million. Despite what some top critics said, "Miracle" is not a bad film but I suspect the backlash of Lee's mid-summer war of words with superstar actor/director Clint Eastwood had something to do with "Miracle" not opening stronger.
Although Lee told "Access Hollywood" that the feud between he and the Oscar-winning director had been "squashed" with an assist from Steven Spielberg, Lee knows that people in this town have long memories. I'm not faulting Lee for speaking his mind, but he should have been mindful of the consequences.
Coming in No. 1 was the Shia LaBeouf crime thriller "Eagle Eye." which relied much more on computer-generated explosives than the actual talents of the actors involved, including Rosario Dawson and Anthony Mackie. It made $29.2 million. Rounding out the top five were: "Nights in Rodanthe," "Lakeview Terrace," "Fireproof" and "Burn After Reading." In it's third week of release Tyler Perry's "The Family That Preys" dropped to No. 10.
If you did see "St. Anna" over the weekend, did you enjoy it? If not, why didn't you want to see it?