Universal Seeing Red Over 'Green Zone' Debacle

05/17/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

It's no secret that Universal is going to take a bath on "Green Zone," which cost upwards of $100 million to make -- Time's Richard Corliss has it at $130 million -- and only did $14.3 million in its opening weekend. That's epic flop territory. It's not even fair to blame the mess on the moviegoing public's total lack of interest in all things Iraq, especially since the film earned a mediocre B from CinemaScore and had lackluster reviews. (The film had a 50 rating from Rotten Tomatoes, meaning its reviews were even worse than the forgettable "She's Out Of My League," which got a 51. Movie Review Intelligence, on the other hand, scores the aggregate review much higher).

It's also no secret that the conservative blogsphere has been celebrating the movie's demise, with the New York Post's Kyle Smith gleefully dancing on its grave and Andrew Breitbart's Big Hollywood website jammed full of links to "Green Zone" box-office dud stories. In fact, we haven't seen this much delight in rightist circles since Michael Moore's "Capitalism: A Love Story" tanked last year.

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