FIERCE THINGS... HARSH CRITICISMS
Fierce Creatures has had a mediocre run in theaters, sad to say. Stiff competition from other blockbuster films, like Star Wars: Special Edition, and poor promotion by Universal Pictures caused Fierce Creatures to disappear from theaters a lot sooner than need be. The film, however, may find new life on video, which is already scheduled to hit video-rental stores in the United States on July 1.
Still, the general consensus on Fierce Creatures, by audiences who saw it, is that it is a great flick. It is generally perceived to be "almost as funny as A Fish Called Wanda." This, in the grand scheme of things, means that Fierce Creatures should have swept the box office. Instead, the film had opening grosses of only $3.759 million in the United States and £5.539 million in Britain, which is not a strong showing for a first weekend.
Although I haven't come across many articles on the subject of "what happened to Fierce Creatures," one of the most intelligent observations I received was from Ihsan Amantullah, a Cleese fan in Carmichael, California, who had done a little research on the subject. Essentially, Fierce Creatures sunk possibly for the following reasons:
In truth, however, no one ever really knows why a film does or does not succeed in the box office. Famed screenplay writer William Goldman, who is also a good friend of John Cleese and who was an uncredited contributor to the Fierce Creatures script, once wrote that "Nobody - not now, not ever - knows the least goddamn thing about what is or isn't going to work at the box office." Had Fierce Creatures been released one year earlier, it may have been perceived as an entirely different film and may have done very well - even with the new ending. Let's hope that the Fierce Creatures video will acquire a quiet but large following of fans.
How about it, fans?