‘Sharknado’ coming to Hawaii theaters
BY CHRIS LEE / Los Angeles Times
LOS ANGELES » Talk about jumping the shark.
On Friday, Aug. 2, Syfy’s surprise social media juggernaut “Sharknado” – a movie about a shark-spewing twister that devastates Los Angeles – is set to make the leap from basic cable to 40-foot movie screens.
The over-the-top, made-for-TV eco-disaster flick will play for a special one-night-only midnight engagement at 200 theaters across the country. In Hawaii, it will screen at Regal Cinemas’ Prince Kuhio 9 (111 E. Puainako St.) in Hilo, Makalapua Stadium 10 (74-5469 Kamakaeha Ave.) in Kailua-Kona and Dole Cannery 18 (753B Iwilei Rd.) in Honolulu.
The schlocky B-movie (which stars “Beverly Hills 90210’s” Ian Ziering and Tara Reid as beach bums who combat the great whites and hammerheads carnivorously rampaging through the City of Angels) surfed a viral tide to national prominence when it first aired on Syfy on July 11. “Sharknado” logged a staggering 400,000 social media mentions and clocked a hefty 5,000 tweets per minute, according to the network’s calculations.
Although the so-ridiculous-it’s-genius buzz didn’t translate into a ratings bonanza – with just 1.4 million viewers tuning in for its first airing – but it upped that number a bit with an encore showing that garnered 1.9 million viewers. (It will get another showing Saturday night during the channel’s “Sharkathon” programming block.)
With those numbers, Syfy has already ordered a sequel with “Sharknado 2” set to air on the network next July.