Wednesday, July 24, 2024

“Cats” Movie Box Office Disaster, Killed by Snark: Comes in Lower Than Lowest Predictions with Just $6.5 Mil Weekend


“Cats” was a bigger disaster over the weekend than predicted. The total is $6.5 million, less than even the lowest $7.5 million anyone thought possible.

No one went? Snarkiness killed. Where were all the fans who went to see it on stage? They just stayed home and enjoyed the puns.

I have a theory that hatred of “Cats” was the result of people not being able to effect political change. They’re so angry and disappointed, they found a mutual scapegoat and went for it.

Well, that and it wasn’t so great. But still, Universal — I don’t know why– is sending out a new digital version to theaters today. Should we go back and see it again? Is there really a difference?

And who could have guessed this? Universal has done far better over all with small indie movies like “Harriet” and “Queen and Slim.” That’s the shock of the season!

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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