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West Side Story failed to meet box office estimates on opening weekend. West Side Story 2021 earned just $10.5 million in ticket sales and streaming sales.

The movie missed predicted box office sales of $12-$17 million.

The Steven Spielberg–directed movie is a "woke" remake of the 1961 original, which won 10 out of 11 Oscar Awards including Best Picture of 1961 and Best Supporting Actress for Rita Moreno.

The estimated budget for the remake was over $100 million - and doesn't include the estimated $50+ million in marketing and advertising expenses.

Critics praised the young cast who dazzle in the remake, but others slammed Spielberg for trying to improve on a classic that is already perfect in every sense of the word.

Spielberg dismissed complaints that there were no English subtitles in Spanish-speaking scenes.

"If I subtitled the Spanish I'd simply be doubling down on the English and giving English the power over the Spanish," Spielberg said.

In addition to 10 Academy Awards, the original West Side Story won a plethora of awards including Golden Globes and Grammy Awards. It is listed No. 3 on the National Board of Review Awards Top Ten Films and is considered one of the greatest musicals ever made.

West Side Story 1961 grossed $44.1 million worldwide -- the highest grossing movie of 1961 and the second highest grossing musical ever.

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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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