Shia LeBeouf isn’t just a struggling artist. He’s also an actor, remember? Shia was in a 2015 movie called Man Down in which he played a US Marine stuck in Afghanistan while his wife, played by Kate Mara, cheats on him with his best friend, Jai Courtney.
Man Down was shown at a single theater in the UK over the weekend, and ComScore (via Variety) reports it made a total of £7 (or about $8.70). Variety says that the UK Cinema Association calculates the average movie admission price at £7.21, which means only one person bought a ticket to see Man Down. Something tells me that single ticket was bought as a cover by someone who was too embarrassed to utter the words “One adult for The Boss Baby, please.”
Man Down premiered – although it really does feel like an insult to injury to call it that – at the Reel Cinema theater in Burnley, England. It was simultaneously released digitally on demand, which sort of kills any reason to go and see it in person. That’s not to say that no one saw Man Down; it premiered at the 2015 Venice Film Festival and the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival. It was released in the US in December and made almost $455,000. It currently holds a 15% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Shoot, maybe Shia could move it to another theater and see if it does better there?
This is the sort of news that is bound to make Katherine Heigl feel a teeny tiny bit better about herself. Finally, a movie that sold less tickets in a theater than her legendary flop Zyzzyx Road. “Well, my movie sucked ass, but at least six people went to see it.”