January 23, 2006, - 1:40 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
Remember the big hit sympathize-with-terrorists, moral equivalency movie “Munich” was supposed to be? It’s sinking like a rock.
This weekend concluded week 5 of the Steven Spielberg box office failure. And whatta surprise?! “Munich” is now in 13th place, rapidly declining from 11th place, last week. The movie never made it into the top five, and dropped almost 40% in box office receipts compared with the previous weekend. So sad, too bad.
We’re counting the days until this silver screen stinker hits the $1 movies and then is dropped from theaters altogether. That’s not far off.
Meanwhile, Shlemielberg is on the defensive–so much so that he’s gone back on his promise to grant only ONE press interview–to TIME Magazine, back in December–regarding “Munich.” Shlemielberg granted an interview to Germany’s Der Spiegel, very fitting since Germany is the land that brought us both the Munich Massacre and the Holocaust. In the interview, Spielberg calls critics of “Munich,” like me, “extremists.”
Clearly, however, the lackluster box office receipts–despite mega-hype for “Munich”–demonstrate that the real extremist is Shlemielberg and we critics of this fairy tale are very much in the mainstream. The marketplace bears that out.
Then, there’s Tony Kushner, the gay activist/screenwriter and open critic of Israel, who wrote “Munich”‘s screenplay screed. He, too, is on the defensive, including from members of his own family. He’s written an LA Times piece “defending” himself.
Shlemielberg and Kushner on the defensive, their outrageous movie a big failure. Sometimes the good guys do win.
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