In news that will surprise few people, when Cats was released in 2019 the film struggled at the box office. And when I say “struggled” I mean it bombed – big time.
The film – which opened in cinemas on Friday 20th December 2019 – debuted to terrible reviews, and significant disinterest from audiences. But how much money did Cats make?
How much money did Cats make?
After completing its theatrical run, Cats made a total of $73,695,985 at the worldwide box office. According to Box Office Mojo this breaks down as follows:
- $27,166,770 – Domestic
- $46,529,215 – International
How much did Cats cost to make?
Now while $73.6 million might sound like a decent chunk of change for Cats to make at the box office, the film cost $90 million to produce – so that’s already a negative figure of $16 million.
In addition to the $90 million the film cost to make, the film also accrued additional costs for marketing. Cats was heavily promoted on billboards and social media etc, and this all added extra money to the overall budget.
Was Cats doomed from the start?
From the moment Cats opened, things didn’t look good. The reviews were bad and the movie was surrounded by negative stories relating to the film’s visual effects.
Early into the film’s theatrical run, the number of screenings was also rapidly decreased to make way for more popular titles including Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, Jumanji: The Next Level and Knives Out. As more screens were devoted to these films, there simply wasn’t room for an underperforming picture like Cats.
Is Cats really that bad?
I’ve previously posted my thoughts on Cats, which I described as “easily the worst film of the decade.” If you have not checked out my review, click on the highlighted link – where you’ll quickly understand my full position on Cats.
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