FIFA film earns ... $607 in US

Financial Mirror (Cyprus) - - FRONT PAGE -

World soc­cer’s gov­ern­ing body, FIFA, has taken quite a beat­ing in re­cent weeks. Over the past week­end it took a beat­ing at the box of­fice, where “United Pas­sions” opened in the United States to a box of­fice to­tal of $607 in ticket sales, ac­cord­ing to Ren­trak.

The film, which was com­pleted be­fore the cor­rup­tion charges against FIFA of­fi­cials were brought, stars Tim Roth as FIFA head Sepp Blat­ter and Ger­ard Depardieu as FIFA’s founder Jules Rimet, opened on just 10 U.S. screens. At the FilmBar theater in Phoenix, gross re­ceipts to­taled $9, the cost of a sin­gle ticket, ac­cord­ing to a re­port at The Hol­ly­wood Re­porter. Here is all the bad news:

On Fri­day, United Pas­sions grossed just $319 from ten the­atres in New York, Los An­ge­les, Wash­ing­ton, D.C., Phoenix, Kansas City, Miami, Min­neapo­lis, Hous­ton, Dal­las and Philadel­phia, fol­lowed by an even worse $288 on Satur­day. The top-per­form­ing theatre, as it were, was Laemmle’s NoHo 7 in North Hol­ly­wood ($164), fol­lowed by the Shirling­ton 7 in Hager­stown out­side of Wash­ing­ton, D.C. ($161). New York City’s Cinema Vil­lage 3 re­ported $112 in ticket sales.

The bud­get for the movie was es­ti­mated at $25-32 mln, of which FIFA it­self (with the now for­mer-pres­i­dent Blat­ter in charge) is said to have ponied up 75% of the cost. The BBC said that “the ha­giog­ra­phy of foot­ball’s [soc­cer to Amer­i­cans] gov­ern­ing body has had damn­ing re­views.” The some­what-good news for the film­mak­ers is that the movie was dis­trib­uted for video-on-de­mand last Fri­day, but so far no rental or sales fig­ures are avail­able. Is a $1,000 open­ing week­end still pos­si­ble?

The week­end’s top-gross­ing film, by the way, was Melissa McCarthy’s new com­edy, “Spy,” which took in $30 mln. (Source: 24/7 Wall St.com)

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