Americans are growing increasingly fond of soccer but their appreciation for the global game on the big screen is another story.
“United Passions,” a movie about world soccer’s governing body, has earned the title of lowest-grossing film in United States box office history, the Guardian reported Thursday, citing the Hollywood Reporter. FIFA paid much of “United Passions'” £17 million ($26.9 million) production costs, but the film earned just £578 ($918) from 10 theaters around the country in its opening week. Distributors have pulled “United Passions” from those cinemas, ensuring its place in the Hall of Shame.
“United Passions” stars Tim Roth as under-fire and outgoing FIFA president Sepp Blatter. Gerard Depardieu and Sam Neill also play starring roles in the FIFA flop. Director Fredéric Auburtin called the project “a disaster” last week due to FIFA’s repeated interventions into the production process, according to the Guardian.
Only “I Kissed a Vampire” (£870/$1,380) and “Last Flight of the Champion” (£941/$1,493) can rival “United Passions” in their lack of impact in U.S. cinemas.
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