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Controversy and slavery make for box office gold. Less than a month after its release, Django Unchained has reached the $100 million mark.

The milestone keeps Django on pace to become director Quentin Tarantino’s most successful film, surpassing 2009’s Inglorious Bastards.

Perhaps all of the opposition peaked moviegoers’ interest, as notables like, Spike Lee, have slammed the film.

According to the Brooklyn native, the slave-turned-bounty-hunter story line, which infuses both comedy and action, is “disrespectful,” the Black people.

Lee refuses to watch the film.

Django has also raised eyebrows over its excessive use of the n-word, which is spewed more than 100 times. Samuel L. Jackson who co-stars in the film, had a little fun with a white interviewer trying to get him to say the racial epithet. “Try it!” Jackson suggested, to no avail. “We’re not going to have this conversation unless you say it.”

Much of the cast, headed by Jamie Foxx in the title role, has received praise for their performances, which is a good sign going into award show season. Django received five Golden Globe nominations, including the coveted Best Picture nod. It’s expected to be recognized when the Oscar nominations are announced later this week.

Since its release on Christmas Day, the film has routinely put up strong numbers, despite missing the No. 1 spot last weekend thanks to Trey Songz movie debut in Texas Chainsaw 3D.


Photo: Columbia Pictures