Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, and Chris Colfer failed to translate to the big screen. “Glee 3D” bombed over the weekend. Maybe that’s because it cut out all the shenanigans that makes the TV show so popular.
Although “Glee” has been a small-screen hit, the film grossed only $5.7 million over the weekend and didn’t even finish in the Top 10.
What’s more, a fall off in ticket sales between Friday and Saturday, down 37 percent, suggested that word-of-mouth advertising for the movie was not all that good.
Ryan Murphy, who produced the movie, told Deadline Hollywood that he was baffled by the movie’s poor performance, especially since it posted an A-plus rating on CinemaScore.
The movie also received a 61 percent reading on RottenTomatoes and a 69% rating from those who had seen the picture. Both scores are good, if not exceptional.
The 3D Concert movie delivers exactly what it promises, according to the Web site.
The movie, however, didn’t fare quite as well among top critics at major newspapers and other outlets. It received a below average 51 percent rating.
They gene rally found the movie interesting, if you were already a fan of the show, making it too narrow in its appeal.
Others called it too “preachy.”
The good news is Fox spent less than $10 million to make the movie, which should allow it to recoup costs.
“The risk [was] very very low. No matter what it will be a money maker for Fox. I am proud of it,” Murphy told Deadline.
Murphy insisted that the movie wasn’t a big-screen version of the TV show (maybe it should have been).
The TV show is popular in large part because of the upfront way it deals with controversial teen issues, such has homosexuality and bullying in high schoool.
The movie, on the other hand, “is about three young people who say that ‘Glee’ helped them live better lives and overcome struggles with their personal stories cut against 20 positive message songs,” he said.
Ah, so that’s the problem. No sex.