Steven Spielberg's Munich , which has drawn strong criticism from several Israeli officials and Jewish leaders in the U.S., opened in first place at the Israeli box office last weekend, Daily Variety reported today (Wednesday), noting that it drew 25,000 ticket buyers, more than twice that of the No. 2 film. Israeli film critics also blasted the film, the trade paper said, including the critic for Haaretz, who called Spielberg's directorial work "slovenly." Nevertheless, he defended the director's right to present his point of view, remarking, "Cinema has no obligation to chronicle history, even if by its very existence the film becomes part of history, often representing it or even replacing it in our memories."