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Universal Pictures has one of the biggest flops in movie history on its hands. On opening day, Cats took in just $2.6 million, which doesn't scratch the surface of the film's $95 million production budget. The musical earned a total of $6.5 million on opening weekend.

In an unprecedented move on Friday, Universal notified theaters that it was pulling the film and replacing it with an updated version with "improved visual effects."

The swap was made via digital download in a satellite uplink on Sunday, Dec. 22.

For theaters that couldn't access the server, Universal shipped digital prints on hard drives that will arrive by Tuesday, Dec. 24.

Movie managers tell The Hollywood Reporter that swapping out a major theatrical release in mid-run is unheard of.

Cats stars Jennifer Hudson (pictured above), Taylor Swift, Dame Judi Dench, and Francesca Hayward in the CATastrophic film adaptation of the long-running Broadway musical.

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Promo photo: Universal Pictures

According to published reports, Universal's "improved visual effects" include the removal of human hands from at least one of the cats. Other improvements include blurring the creepy photorealistic cat fur that appears to grow from human skin.

The 1st trailer revealing the film's nightmare-inducing "digital fur technology" resulted in a massive backlash on YouTube. Cat lovers were horrified by house cats with human faces and hands.

Moviegoers say the star-studded cast resemble escapees from a laboratory that conducts animal experiments.

Fans of the Broadway musical wondered why Universal didn't use CGI cats with voiceovers by the star-studded cast.

Imagine the uproar if Disney plastered Beyonce's face on Nala in the Lion King.

Remember last week when director Tom Hooper laughed at the negative reaction to the trailer? He isn't laughing now.

Variety.com writes, "At the end of the day, one wonders whether Hooper has even spent much time around cats."

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Will Smith's new action thriller Gemini Man is a box office flop. The movie is about a retiring assassin, Henry Brogan (Smith), who finds himself battling a mysterious killer that turns out to be a younger clone of himself. Henry needs to find out why he's being targeted and who created his clone to kill him.

Directed by Ang Lee (Life of Pi, Brokeback Mountain), the action thriller opened with just $20 million in domestic ticket sales over the Oct. 11-13 weekend. Then the terrible reviews began rolling in.

Critics trashed the "groundbreaking" de-aging technology and the movie's high frame-rate that looked like the film was sped up in some places. The terrible reviews resulted in a career-worst Rotten Tomatoes score of 25 percent for Lee.

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Paramount Pictures had hoped Gemini Man would pick up the slack in China, but it was upset by Angelina Jolie's fantasy flick Maleficent: Mistress of Evil ($22.4 million).

Gemini Man finished Sunday with an underwhelming $82.2 million in foreign box office receipts.

Gemini Man faces a $75 million loss, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The production cost for Gemini Man is a staggering $240 million - including $100 million in marketing costs alone. The film was heavily marketed in television commercials, print ads and online.

Gemini Man sparked free press around the world, thanks to the de-aging technology that rendered a barely recognizable younger version of Will Smith. Did they think we forgot what he looked like in Fresh Prince of Bel-Air?

The staggering marketing cost aside, Paramount and Skydance each ponied up 35 percent of the budget. The rest of the cost was split by 2 China-based companies, Alibaba and Fosun. All four companies will absorb the $75 million loss.

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