We all knew ‘Cats‘ wasn’t going to perform well at the box office after being slammed by nearly every critic in the world. The movie was doomed from the very first trailer.
But still, there was some hope that it would surprise everyone and bring in decent numbers.
That did not happen though. ‘Cats’ made just $6.5 million during its opening weekend. That’s pretty damn terrible considering it worked with a budget of $100 million, and that’s before marketing and distribution fees.
On paper, bringing ‘Cats’ to the big screen seems like an obvious choice. The stage show is bizarre, sure, but it became a global phenomenon and endured on Broadway and beyond for years to great financial success.
But after the creepy trailer and the poor reviews, people just lost interest. In fact, I would argue it would have received even less than $6.5 million had there not been such negative press.
People wanted to see just how bad the movie was, ya’ know? It was almost like a special event. It probably helped push the movie over the $6 million mark.
Meanwhile, the latest Star Wars film made over $175 million.[mashshare]