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05th Apr 2017

A grand total of one person went to see Shia LaBeouf’s new movie in the UK at the weekend

Conor Heneghan

In fairness to Shia, it was only shown in one cinema.

It’s an occupational hazard in the movie industry that the vast majority of actors and actresses will appear in a turkey or two throughout their career, or at least star in something that fails to appeal to a mass audience.

Having been in blockbusters such as the Transformers series and Man Standing in Lift, Shia LaBeouf knows a thing or two about mass audiences and, as such, may be a little disappointed at the turnout for his new movie, Man Down, in the UK at the weekend.

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According to ComScore, Man Down grossed just £7 in the UK over the weekend, the equivalent of a single ticket, leaving it in the shade compared to offerings such as Ghost in the Shell (£2,300,753) and Free Fire (£480,644).

In Man Down’s defence, it was only shown in one cinema in Lancashire and was hardly going to be raking it in as a result, but we seem to remember a movie known as The Passion of St. Tibulus that was only shown in one cinema and attracted people from Gdansk to go and see it.

The reviews for the post-apocalyptic war drama, which also stars Gary Oldman and Kate Mara, would suggest that the crowds might have been right to stay away; 15% on Rotten Tomatoes doesn’t exactly scream Oscar winner in-waiting.