Cats Has One of the 20 Worst Movie Box Office Opening Weekends Ever
Forget the box office Force not being as strong with Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker as The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi, it was a horrible weekend for Universal's big holiday outing, Cats.It appears the hilariously bizarre word of mouth wasn't enough to garner enough audience interest (especially after truly dismal Cats reviews came out) to make the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical adaptation anything better than a box office disaster. In fact, Cats now ranks as one of the 20 worst opening weekends of a movie in wide-release at the United States domestic box office of all time.What counts as a wide-release? Basically any movie that opens at more than 3,000 theaters nationwide; for example, The Rise of Skywalker opened at 4,406 theaters across the United States. Cats opened at 3,380 theaters, and made $6.62 million in its opening weekend. If we're saying movie tickets cost an average of $10 per ticket, that means Cats only sold about 195 tickets per cinema it was released in across the country over the course of its first three days of release. That's… not great for a major studio release.So how does Cats rank? It is currently the #19 worst wide opening weekend for a movie at the United States domestic box office, according to BoxOfficeMojo. That puts it behind 2009's Astro Boy, which made $6.7 million in its first weekend of release at 3,014 theaters. Curious what the top 20 worst movie box office opening weekends are? Flip through our gallery below:Cats isn't faring much better at the global box office. Internationally, it's only made an additional $4.4 million, which puts its global cumulative box office gross at about $10.9 million.If Universal was hoping Cats would have the fate of a musical like 2017's sleeper hit-turned-cultural phenomenon The Greatest Showman — which opened to $8.8 million but went on to bring in $174 million at the United States box office thanks to positive word of mouth and one heck of a soundtrack — it's not looking likely.Though the Greatest Showman opened small, it had an A CinemaScore, which in layman's terms means most people who walked out of that movie liked it. (CinemaScores are determined based on audience polling conducted after people exit their theatrical screenings on opening night.) Here's how the Star Wars movies have fared with CinemaScores, for some context:Cats, by comparison, has a C+ CinemaScore. Though your teacher might have said that was a passing grade, for a CinemaScore that is pretty low, as most movies tend to get between an A to B range. In other words, a C+ means people aren't going to be telling their friends to head to the theater for this one.Did you see Cats opening weekend? Are you planning to go see it? If so, you're in luck, because a patched version of Cats with "improved visual effects" was just released in theaters. Let us know in the comments below.
Terri Schwartz is Editor-in-Chief of Entertainment at IGN. Talk to her on Twitter at @Terri_Schwartz.