Shia LaBeouf's Man Down Only Sold 1 Ticket at the UK Box Office
Posted 2017/04/04 0 0
Man Down, a war thriller with Shia LaBeouf, grossed just £7 ($8.70) when it premiered in a single U.K. theater over the weekend, according to ComScore.
The thriller about a veteran (LaBeouf) dealing with PTSD only earned £7 ($8.70 in US dollars) over the weekend, according to ComScore (reported by Variety). That is the equivalent of a single movie ticket, as the UK Cinema Association puts the average movie cost in the country at £7.21.
The only location the film played at was the Reel Cinema in Burnley. The film, thankfully, was simultaneously released on demand, so maybe it’ll rustle up a bit more in sales that way.
“Poor Shia,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at ComScore. “That opening could be in the Guinness World Records or something.”
With "A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints" director Dito Montiel at the helm, the film, about a traumatized veteran who returns from Afghanistan battling PTSD, premiered at the 2016 Venice Film Festival, and also dropped by the Toronto Film Festival. Despite LaBeouf's recent string of bizarre incidents, "Man Down" likely didn't suffer for lack of star power, it also stars Gary Oldman, Jai Courtney and Kate Mara.
Things were much better in the US, however, as it reportedly made around $455K in the first month during a limited run in domestic theaters. The flick also has a tragically low 15 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It is a far cry from LaBeouf’s days as one of Hollywood’s most bankable stars during his time with the Transformers franchise. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen grossed more than $531 million in the US alone, including $144 million upon opening.
All the attention about the small grosses may have a side benefit. It could raise attention for the low-profile project.
“There could be a silver lining to those seven pounds,” said Dergarabedian.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter LaBeouf described the film as “therapy”.
He said one of the biggest drawing cards of the film was the chance to team up again with director Dito Montiel. The pair formerly worked together on the 2006 film A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints.
“This script landed on his lap at just the right time, and he came to my house when I was at a really low place and offered it to me like therapy, like, ‘Here’s a healing process where we can jump into together and get well,’” LaBeouf told the publication.
“It wasn’t like, ‘Hey, jump on this job,’ or ‘Jump into this movie.’ It felt like we were going to grow up.”
“This is definitely the most difficult thing I’ve ever worked on, emotionally, with anyone, which is why I had to do it with him.
“I needed a friend, otherwise, you can’t get this vulnerable.”