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Shia LeBeouf movie opens in the UK to audience of one

Selling a further four tickets by Wednesday, 'Man Down' due to close Thursday after singularly unsuccessful premiere in English town

Shia LeBeouf speaking with Jimmy Kimmel in an interview in October 2014. (YouTube screenshot)
Shia LeBeouf speaking with Jimmy Kimmel in an interview in October 2014. (YouTube screenshot)

A film starring actor Shia LeBeouf may have made cinematic history by opening in the UK before an audience of one.

Within days, however, Man Down had registered a 400 per cent box office increase, showing to a further four punters, according to the BBC, and bringing earnings to a grand total of £35 ($44).

The movie, about a soldier returning from Afghanistan with post traumatic stress syndrome, also stars Gary Oldman and Kate Mara.

Directed by Dito Montiel, it was panned by critics, scoring an average of 3.6 out of ten on Rotten Tomatoes, though LeBeouf’s performance was generally commended.

The Daily Telegraph called the film “an insult to the intelligence,” while the Guardian damned it as “muddled and overwrought.”

Not that the burghers of Burnley, a quiet market town just north of Manchester in north west England, would necessarily have consulted the reviews before deciding not to visit the city’s Reel Cinema, where the film was being exclusively premiered.

In the US, the film made $454,490, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

LeBeouf, who was born to a Jewish mother and a Christian father, said he converted to Christianity in 2014 after he “found God” while playing a devout Christian character on the set of the movie “Fury.”

The BBC checked out other films released over the same weekend, also at only one cinema, and found that a movie called Guru had taken in £17 ($21), with another – The Void – grossing a more respectable £1,163 ($1,453).

With only 78 seats left in the Burnley movie theater, pundits were waiting to see whether there would be a rush on tickets for Thursday‘s last Man Down showing.

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