You've heard of the little engine that could? Well 'Sharknado' is the little TV movie that could.
When we first reported about 'Sharknado' coming to Syfy we all had a good laugh at the name and concept, expecting the flick to flop, watched only by a handful of drunken twentysomethings. Then, the TV movie aired on Syfy and twitter exploded; everyone was watching, everyone had an opinion and an hilarious joke about the insanity of sharks in a tornado. Thanks to the decent ratings success of Syfy's TV movie 'Sharknado,' coupled with the immense attention the flick received on Twitter, Syfy has officially ordered a sequel to the strange, impossible comedic horror flick.
So the proposed flop earned a sequel and gifted the word 'sharknado' into our cultural lexicon. But it wasn't finished yet.
Thanks to the unprecedented viral popularity of the TV movie (including high ratings for its repeat viewing on Syfy), 'Sharknado' was actually given a one-night-only theatrical release as a midnight show on roughly 200 cinema screens across America. And that midnight screening was a huge success.
'Sharknado' sold out midnight showtimes in three cities – New York, Boston, and Seattle – and additional showtimes were added continuously to meet fan demand. Fandango is reporting that sales for all screenings across the country were "bloody good." Starring Ian Ziering and Tara Reid, the pic’s nonsensical plot investigates the ecological nightmare of sharks caught in a tornado and falling from the skies into the streets of Los Angeles.
It's no surprise that any film that features a man cutting his way out of the belly of a shark with a running chainsaw became a smash hit on social media. In case you missed them, here are a few of the more note-worthy tweets about the flick:
@Wilw (Wil Wheaton): “We lost the night to #SharkNado? What the hell is that?” – every non-syfy network executive tomorrow morning.
@PattonOswalt: Just got a call from the 2nd A.D. on the movie I’m filming. Call time canceled tomorrow. ALL movies canceled. It’s done. #SharkNado
@Ravenb (Raven Brooks): Al Gore warned us about the #sharknado but you laughed at him.
@KellyOxford: Finally, a natural disaster that makes Aquaman useful. #sharknado
The sequel to 'Sharknado' is expected to air on Syfy in 2014... but could it perhaps earn a straight-to-cinema release? It seems that anything is possible, with the little sharknado that could.