Box Office: Star Wars fades, 1917 blasts through while Cats lives in a dumpster

For cineastes this is a summer of art about artists. The rest of us are taking a quick run through the Western Front.

Star Wars charged out to dominate everything in the cinemas over Xmas even though optimists last September believed that Cats would stand up to it. By week four the space opera had made $43m, while the jovial Jumanji 2 had taken almost $37m in three weeks with no chance of catching up.

The critics think Cats is a stinker and audiences think it is plain weird if not sexually disturbing in a polyester furry kind of way. Word of mouth can beat any of these hurdles, as happened with Suicide Squad which has even spawned a sequel. But word of mouth for the singing, dancing, humanoid felines was crafted from the tongues of scorpions and Cats has made $3.85m in three weeks, which is basically ten percent of Jumanji. However, Cats is gaining a reputation for cultishly strange, and may yet turn around.

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David Tiley was the Editor of Screenhub from 2005 until he became Content Lead for Film in 2021 with a special interest in policy. He is a writer in screen media with a long career in educational programs, documentary, and government funding, with a side order in script editing. He values curiosity, humour and objectivity in support of Australian visions and the art of storytelling.