‘Django Unchained’ becomes director Quentin Tarantino’s highest grossing film

By Daniel S Levine,

Despite all the controversy - or maybe because of it - Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained has become the highest-grossing film of the acclaimed director’s career. The film had its critics, who bashed the use of the n-word and its violence, but fans of Tarantino and star Jamie Foxx have turned out in force. They have kept it at or near the top of the box office since its release on Christmas day.

In less than a month, the film has made nearly $130 million, producer the Weinstein Company boasted on Thursday, notes The Hollywood Reporter. That means that in less than a month, the film passed the $120 million 2009’s Inglorious Basterds earned during its theatrical run.

“Bob and I have had the most extraordinary filmmaker relationship with Quentin Tarantino, and we are proud to be here for this incredible milestone,” Harvey Weinstein, who has worked with Tarantino since 1994’s Pulp Fiction, said in a statement, reports The Wrap.

Django Unchained is Tarantino’s ode to the Spaghetti Western and tells the story of a slave (Foxx) teaming up with a German bounty hunter (Christoph Waltz) to save his wife from a sadistic plantation owner (Leonardo DiCaprio).

Waltz won a Golden Globe for best supporting actor and was also nominated for an Oscar. Tarantino won a Golden Globe for his screenplay. The film earned a total of five Oscar nods, including Best Picture.

When the film came out, it was hit hard by critics who didn’t like Tarantino’s use of the n-word over 100 times. Spike Lee called it “disrespectful.” Tarantino refused to respond.

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