Tom Hooper’s films don’t seem to like Jellicle for Musical Cat Movies, which only took $ 6.5 million in its opening weekend.
Tom Hopper’s cats exploded at the box office with a $ 6.5 million opening weekend. Adapted from the long-running Broadway show of the same name by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Cat aroused the interest of many following the reaction to her first trailer, which was coming back in July. The original musical is widely regarded as one of the most popular Broadway shows of all time, while simultaneously acknowledging how bizarre it is. Although the Broadway show achieved monumental success after its initial debut, Hooper’s film could not achieve a similar status.
Despite an all-star cast, which includes Judy Dench, Ian McKellen, Taylor Swift, and Jennifer Hudson, Kat reviews right out of the gate. The film had only left critics speechless and for various reasons. One of the biggest aspects of cats that hoppers avoided was the film’s “digital fur technique” that was used on actors. Unfortunately, the volatile CGI effect turned out to be one of the film’s biggest downfalls among critics. So much so, Universal Studios recently informed theaters that they are sending an updated version of the cats with better visual effects.
However, the audience seems on a slightly different page than the critics, as the film currently has an audience score of 62% on Rotten Tomatoes. The critical score is 19%, with box office numbers favoring a completely different film. Cats boldly opened Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker the same weekend, which quickly dominated the box office. Not only that, but with the award season films such as Bombshell, Little Women, and 1917 opening soon on Christmas day, Kat may soon be buried at the box office.
Even though the Cats still have time to get their place at the box office during their theatrical run, the wild adaptation of Hooper is no substitute for theater-goers like Zalik. The film was certainly made keeping in mind fans of Broadway shows, but unfortunately, Cates has no idea where it should fit with other movie-goers who may not be familiar with the source material. Even with updated visual effects now being brought to theaters, Kat is already on track for a massive loss to Universal. Only time will tell whether the film will come to its proper audience in the new year.