It was sort of new comic book day yesterday. What’d everyone get? Did you support a store? Sound off in the comments as to your favorite store so others can support them! While you think about that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.
Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker won the weekend box office delivering a $175.5 million debut over three days. That’s the third-largest December opening of all time. The studio had expected a $165 million opening.
The weekend audience was 59% male and 64% were aged 25 or older. The film received a “B+” CinemaScore, the first live film to not receive something in the “A” range.
Internationally, the film opened with $198 million from 52 markets delivering a global total of $373.5 million.
Jumanji: The Next Level dropped 56% to come in second place with an estimated $26.1 million. Domestically, the film has earned $101.9 million in ten days. Internationally, the film added $32.6 million from 52 markets to bring that total to $210 million for a worldwide total of $312 million. It still has to debut in Italy, Australia, and Brazil.
Frozen II came in third with an estimated $12.3 million to bring the domestic total to $386.5 million. The international total is now over $717 million and worldwide the movie has earned $1.103 billion.
Cats clawed its way to fourth with a $6.5 million total. With 3,380 locations, that’s one of the top twenty worst openings of all time for films opening in over 3000 locations. The movie received a “C+” CinemaScore from opening day audiences. The movie opened in the UK where it earned $4.4 million and a global total shy of $11 million. It expands in 37 markets next week and rolls out internationally through February.
Knives Out rounds out the top five with an estimated $6.1 million for a domestic total of $89.5 million. It added $6.4 million internationally for an overseas total of $96 million and a global total of $185.6 million. It has yet to open in Germany and Japan.
When it comes to comic films…
Joker dropped 77.4% to come in at #21 with an estimated $140,000. The film’s domestic total now stands at $333.5 million.
We’ll be back in an hour for a deeper dive looking at 2019’s comic adaptations.
Look, Cats was always going to be a disaster. There’s simply no way you could take the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical and turn it into a coherent film because Cats is and always has been nonsensical garbage dolled up with amazing costumes, dancing, and setpieces. Notice I didn’t say music, because Cats has exactly one great song, “Memory,” and the rest is more ridiculous garbage.
Imagine the amount of cocaine that was ingested in the writing, conception, production design and staging of Cats beginning with TS Elliot’s poetry to the 1981 musical to every production of the musical since then to this film. Every bit of celluloid screams “WE ARE ON DRUGS” up to and including the way the cats’ CGI animated ears and tails WON’T STOP MOVING. Yes, cats can and do move like that, but apparently “Jellicle” cats can and do EVERY 2 SECONDS.
One way the film does improve on the play is its attempts to actually convey some sort of plot: every year on a special night, our band of jellicle cats meet and their matriarch (played by Maggie Smith) chooses one to go up to kitty cat heaven and be reborn. So the cats put on a series of elaborate song and dance numbers to compete for that honor, like you do. Except one of the bad cats (played by Idris Elba) is trying to rig the competition in his favor by kidnapping other top kitties. It is not a plot-forward movie.
Instead, you basically get a dozen little vignettes each devoted to introducing one cat or another and there’s singing and dancing. Ok, the dancing is pretty great. Francesca Hayward plays Victoria, our audience surrogate cat, who is new to the junkyard and this band of jellicles, so we learn through her eyes. She is an amazing dancer. There is no way to oversell how great she is. It’s just such a shame she isn’t in a better film, especially one that doesn’t weirdly sexualize her so much.
What do I mean by weirdly sexualize? Well, you come away from the film with a weird feeling like. . . maybe director Tom Hooper has a cat fetish? If you are a cat furry and love the Cats musical, then this movie is 100% for you. Everyone else? Ehhhhhh. . .
Is it so bad it’s good? Like a cult classic sort of way, like a sneak in some edibles and enjoy it way? No. It zooms past so bad it’s good territory that it’s so bad it’s bad again. I pity anyone who goes to this movie high on drugs. It’s going to be a bad trip.
This film has such an amazing cast and they are all wasted here. I have no idea what Idris Elba is doing in this movie. I have no idea what Judi Dench is doing in this movie. I have no idea what Ian McKellan is doing in this movie. I have no idea what Jennifer Hudson is doing in this movie. Ok, I sort of know what James Corden, Jason Derullo, and Rebel Wilson are doing in this movie and that is hamming it up as much as possible. I have no idea what Taylor Swift is doing in this movie.
And speaking of Taylor, she has a new song she co-wrote with Andrew Lloyd Webber and it is exactly the unholy abomination a combination of those two would be. Meanwhile, Jennifer Hudson seems determined to make “Memory” hers as much as possible, full-on ugly-crying under the weight of all that makeup and CGI as if to say, “Remember when Anne Hathaway ugly-cried in Les Mes and you all ate it up? Well here’s THIS.” When she finally lets loose and belts as hard as she can, it’s actually pretty good for a few seconds. But it can in no way redeem the rest of this thoroughly inexplicable movie.
Cats will have a fanbase. There will be people who love this. I’m glad they’ll find what they like. And I will say this for it: between this and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, one of these two movies took a big audacious swing. And there’s something to be said for that. Yes, it’s still a giant festering garbage fire, but at least they were thinking big enough to ask, “What if Cats, but with CGI ear and tail twitching and more like humans and sexier?”
Across the millennia-spanning arc of human history, mankind has celebrated many triumphs. But, from the pyramids to the moon landing, they all now pale in comparison to the landmark achievement that Valiant has bequeathed unto civilization…with Valiant Cat Cosplay Covers!
To mark this most momentous occasion, Seattle’s Comics Dungeon will be officiating the December release of this all-new line of shelf covers with a live, in-person signing featuring stars (and real-life felines) Fawkes and Nak, alongside Freyu – creator of the Cat Cosplay of the Feline Variety blog and trusted human – on Saturday, December 17th! From 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm PT, meet the stars behind the purr-aculous covers gracing each of Valiant’s releases throughout December, pose for photos, and get your Valiant Cat Cosplay Covers paw-printed for all eternity by the legends themselves!
A portion of the proceeds from all Valiant Cat Cosplay Covers sold will benefit the Brooklyn Animal RescueCoalition (BARC), a New York-based non-profit that operates a beloved, no-kill shelter for cats and dogs in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighborhood. BARC’s mission is to provide a safe haven for abandoned animals – with quality food, shelter, medical attention, and the love they deserve – and to find permanent loving homes for them.
Available as “order-all” covers across all of Valiant’s December 2016 series, each Valiant Cat Cosplay Covers will be available for retailers to order in unlimited quantities at the standard suggested retail price:
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