‘United’ flies after all

“United 93,” Paul Greengrass’ depiction of a Sept. 11 hijacking, did better than expected at the weekend box office, while Lionsgate’s “Akeelah and the Bee” fell a bit under the radar despite a high-profile promotion by Starbucks. “United 93” had been receiving ambiguous responses from the public, with some embracing the pic as a way to honor those who died in the terrorist attacks and others avoiding it and the painful memories it could bring back.

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