Who knew a movie aimed directly at children could be such a huge box-office bust? Unfortunately, that's the situation "The Oogieloves and the Big Balloon Adventure" finds itself in after hitting theaters this week.

Opening in 1,500 cinemas on Wednesday, "Oogieloves" ended up taking in an unbelievably horrid $60,000 in ticket sales, this according to ERC Box Office. That puts the per-theater average take for the movie at a miserable $40. As Huffington Post Entertainment points out, if the numbers hold, "Oogieloves" would end up with the worst wide-release opening weekend ever.

What did "Oogieloves" do to keep all the little boys and girls from coming out to the theater? Perhaps it was the bulbous-headed creatures or the thought of Christopher Lloyd doing the cha-cha? Either way, perhaps we should've known: When we sat down with "Oogieloves" star (and acting legend) Cloris Leachman earlier this week, she didn't seem all that excited to talk about the film.

The man behind this potential bust is Kenn Viselman, who helped bring "The Teletubbies" and "Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends" to American audiences. Clearly, "Oogieloves" has a whole lot of catching up to do if they want to reach the popularity of those two properties.

[via ERC Box Office h/t HuffPost Ent]

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated the movie's gross at $6,000. We regret the error.

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