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  • Tom Hooper’s controversial 2019 remake of the musical Cats has been named the worst big-budget movie released over the last decade, based on new data.
  • A new interactive study – Lights, Camera, Traction – reveals the reception and profitability of the decade’s most-accoladed and least regarded movies.
  • Cats came out as lower rated and less profitable than other box office flops, including Disaster Movie (2008), The Room (2003) and Epic Movie (2007).
  • Despite this, Cats garnered the most annual online searches and holds a 76.3% similarity to the average Oscar-winning movie, based on income and interest. 

Tom Hooper’s polarising 2019 remake of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats has been named the worst big-budget film released over the last decade in a brand new study.

The interactive guide, Lights, Camera, Traction, created by SlotsOnlineCanada, reveals which of the most accoladed and most poorly-regarded movies deserve more recognition and which fall flat, based on their popularity, profitability and critical reception.

The analysis included assigning the top 20 Oscar-winning films and twenty films held in low regard over the last decade a score based on their box office returns, global search volume and IMDb rating, and seeing which movie fans are more likely to seek out year on year.

Cats (2019) ranked tenth out of the twenty films analysed – proving less successful than The Room (2003), The Emoji Movie (2017) and Vampires Suck (2010) – despite boasting the highest budget of any of the lowest-accoladed films featured in the study.

The film failed to recoup its budget back at the global box office with an ROI of just 0.78, compared to Epic Movie’s ROI of 4.4 and Date Movie’s ROI of 4.3.

Cats also had a shoddy 2.8/10 rating on IMDb, while Rollerball (2002) was the b movie with the best rating at 6.6/10 – just 7 points behind the IMDb rating held by Black Panther.

Despite this low financial success, Cats was found to hold an impressive 76.3% similarity to the average Oscar-rating movie – meaning the potential for success was there at the start.

Cats also attracted international attention as determined by search volume data, as it proved the most-searched b movie in more than three quarters of the countries featured in the study – including the US, Canada and UK.

The average Oscar-winning movie holds a rating of 8.1/10 on IMDb and has a global search volume of 1,783,950 per month. Based on how it ranks across those metrics, it’s Tommy Wiseau’s The Room (2003) that’s the low-regarded movie that deserves more recognition.

On the other end of the scale, the decade’s most profitable and popular academy recognised film was revealed to be Parasite (2019), followed by Moonlight (2016) and Whiplash (2014).

Other key findings included that global film fans tend to watch lower-regarded films in spring and summer, while Oscar-winning movies see peak interest in autumn and winter.

To see the full details of the Lights, Camera, Traction study and see which other films fell flat, please visit: