Monday, April 22, 2024

Box Office: “Cats” Is Dead with $550,000 Preview Night, Universal Will Take a Pounding this Weekend


This is a cat-astrophe.

“Cats” made just $550,000 last night in previews. The weekend gross will be dismal, a total failure, a flop, and will inspire puns and cliches now and forever.

Of course maybe the weather was bad or something. I do feel sorry for the performers who worked hard. Everyone did. But “Cats” was a terrible show on Broadway. It’s impossible to translate something bad and hope to spin gold. It can’t happen.

But I say, go see it anyway. There are plenty of great performances.

I think now we know why Taylor Swift, James Corden, and Idris Elba skipped the premiere party at Tavern on the Green Monday night. James Corden wouldn’t even come out on stage for introductions at Alice Tully Hall. He was hiding under a bed, like any scaredy cat!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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