Saturday, June 15, 2024

Box Office: Audiences Refuse to Adopt Stray “Cats” Movie, As Film Claws Its Way to $7.5 Mil Weekend


“Cats” is really on life support, I am sad to say.

Tom Hooper’s eccentric musical film of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s famous show made around $2.1 million on Friday night. Add the $550,000 from Thursday previews, and they’re in dire straits.

It’s possible that “Cats” will make $7.5 million for the weekend. But even that seems like a high number now.

Not just bad reviews, but snarky, nasty ones are killing the project. No one can stop themselves from making puns. Cliches are flying faster than fur.

And yet, “Cats” is plenty entertaining, and worth a look. Jennifer Hudson, Judi Dench, and Ian McKellen are standouts. So are the ballet performers.

CGI fur? Cats with breasts? You’ll survive.

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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