In the wake of the underwhelming fourth-place debut last weekend for "Jersey Boys," Monday-morning quarterbacks are weighing in with varying degrees of glee and schadenfreude about what may have gone wrong with the movie musical.
Did the cast lack sufficient star power to draw in moviegoers? Was the summertime release date ill-advised? Did the film’s rather somber aesthetic fail to convey the toe-tapping tone of the long-running Broadway hit? Was director
Not surprisingly given its doo-wop-era subject matter, the opening-weekend audience for "Jersey Boys" skewed older; nearly three-quarters of those who saw it were over 50. Along with nostalgia, that audience tends to be heavily swayed by reviews, and generally speaking critics weren't altogether enamored with "Jersey Boys." By contrast, 2002's "Chicago" — a period musical set in the even more distant past of the 1920s — rode a wave of critical raves to an eventual $170 million box office haul. That said, older audiences often don't hurry to see movies their opening weekend, so it's possible that "Jersey Boys" will have decent legs as the summer goes on.