Cats Could Be the Next Rocky Horror Picture Show
By: Reuben Baron
Cats might have been a hit on Broadway in the 1980s and '90s, but the new film adaptation has been, by almost all standards, a catastrophic failure. Its $6.5 million domestic opening weekend wasn't even half of studio projections, disastrous for a major release with a production budget estimated at $100 million.
Cats is proving just as big a failure with the critics as it is at the box office, with an 18 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes, and some of the harshest review of any movie this year. Its awards season prospects are all but dead, unless producers are targeting the Razzies.
The Academy Awards shortlist for Best Original Song didn't even include "Beautiful Ghosts," although inexplicably the movie's not-even-finished-on-time special effects made the Best Visual Effects shortlist over the likes of Ad Astra , Godzilla: King of the Monsters and Pokemon: Detective Pikachu.
For all of its failures, though, Cats might have the potential for a rare sort of long-term success: It could very well be the next Rocky Horror Picture Show in terms of cult-classic longevity.
Although it's far too early for Cats to have developed the formal audience-participation traditions that define showings of Rocky Horror or The Room , screenings of Cats are becoming interesting experiences for the few who attend. Stories and even videos of some of the best and funniest audience-reaction moments have been going viral on Twitter ever since the movie opened.
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