Earlier this year I regaled you with the tale of how DYLAN DOG: DEAD OF NIGHT (2010) bombed in 18th place its opening weekend. I was immediately drawn to it like a chick to a bad boy. “Nothing can top that abysmal opening,” I said confidently. And then came along CREATURE. I only found out about this swamp monster flick a week or so before it came out thanks to some annoying flash ads on horror news sites. “Okay,” I thought, “they are probably getting this in a few hundreds theaters.” Nope, The Bubble Factory managed to get this bad boy into over 1,500 theaters. It still didn’t interest me though as the trailer made it look like every other bad modern horror movie.
But then something magical happened: the weekend box office figures came out. CREATURE had broken box office records…well, the bad kind of box office records. The film came in 29th place this past weekend. It bombed so bad that Yahoo.com had it up as the lead news story for a bit on Monday, September 12. How bad were the numbers? The film raked in a measly $327,000 over the weekend with a per screen average of $217. As the Yahoo article imaginatively put it, that amount “is about what one row of moviegoers spent on popcorn for the last HARRY POTTER movie.” It was officially the worst wide opening for a movie EVER! Once again my bad movie junkie craving kicked in and soon I was off to see if CREATURE really does have teeth. Like I’ve always said, it will make a good story for the grandkids. Whose grandkids? I still haven’t figured out.