Box Office: Delgo is an animated dud

Hollywood Reporter’s Kirk Honeycutt informs us that the computer-animated fantasy DELGO is an epic fail at the box office, despite offering the usual successful formula:

It mixes forbidden romance with palace intrigue, fanciful creatures, scenery-destroying duels and fierce battles between armies. Yet nothing catches fire. The story line and characters are all terribly derivative, and audiences young and old are left with the feeling that, as the saying goes, they don’t have a horse in this race.

Animated films generally do well during the holidays, but “Delgo’s” makers create quite a problem for their film: The action and violence are too intense for some youngsters — including the one behind me at a screening who demanded to leave less than five minutes into the film — and the story is far too dull for most adults. The Freestyle Releasing film earned just $512,000 in its first weekend of wide release.

About the Author

Steve Biodrowski

Cinefantastique's Los Angeles Correspondent from 1987 to 1993 and West Coast Editor from 1993 to 1999. Currently the webmaster of Cinefantastique Online, I also run a website called Hollywood Gothique that covers Halloween Horror and Sci-Fi Cinema Events in the Los Angeles area.

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