Wow. Frankenweenie opened soft. I’m not 100% sure why. I think it’s possible that Tim Burton has sort of run his course with audiences, but I expected a top 2 opening at least. Was it too dark in mood for kids and caretakers? Was it too far from Halloween? Was the black and white just too much for a modern audience? I have no idea. I will be going to see it Friday with my daughter. I’ll find out how good a movie it is. I wasn’t that excited to see it until that second trailer, which made it much more interesting. And for a dark themed film it seems much more fun than Paranorman, which looked great, but had a horrible, dishoveled story and an east coast location that felt nothing like an old, east coast haunted town.
Considering how many artists are still making a living basically reworking the Burton style and turning out projects with it, it seems odd that it resonated so badly with audiences.