Shia LaBeouf Thriller ‘Man Down’ Sells Just One Ticket at U.K. Box Office

Man Down
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Ouch.

Man Down,” a war thriller with Shia LaBeouf, grossed just £7 ($8.70) when it premiered in a single U.K. theater over the weekend, according to ComScore. That’s the equivalent of selling a single ticket, given that the U.K. Cinema Association puts the average movie admission cost in the country at £7.21.

“Poor Shia,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at ComScore. “That opening could be in the Guinness World Records or something.”

The film played in one location, Reel Cinema in Burnley. It was simultaneously released digitally on demand, making the theatrical release something of an afterthought. It launches on DVD and Blu-ray next month, according to the Guardian.

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After scoring in big studio blockbusters such as “Transformers” and “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,” LaBeouf has focused on more indie projects with mixed success. He earned strong reviews for last year’s “American Honey,” but other work, such as “The Company You Keep” and “Charlie Countryman” have barely registered with critics or audiences. Instead, the media has focused on LaBeouf’s off-screen behavior, such several alcohol-related arrests (he got sober), and performance art that recently saw the actor participate in an art installation protesting Donald Trump’s presidency.

“Man Down” reunited LaBeouf with Dito Montiel. The two previously worked together on 2006’s “A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints.” The film screened at the Venice and Toronto film festivals to negative reviews. It did better in the United States than it did across the pond, grossing $454,490.

Other stars in indie projects have seen similarly dismal results. Emma Watson got a wave of negative publicity last summer when her direct-to-video film “The Colony” only opened to £47 in the U.K., while Richard Gere’s “The Benefactor” kicked off to a dismal  £25 in spring of 2016.

All the attention about the small grosses may have a side benefit. It could raise attention for the low-profile project.

“There could be a silver lining to those seven pounds,” said Dergarabedian.

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  1. Solarcide says:

    Love how they refer to his cult-like behavior as “performance art”. Just admit it, the guy is emotionally unstable.

  2. TR says:

    Did he thank his mom for buying the ticket?

  3. Björn Odinnson says:

    . “That opening could be in the Guinness World Records or something.”

    So pathetic he’s trying to see fame even when it’s not there….lol

    “There could be a silver lining to those seven pounds,” said Dergarabedian.

    LOL

    Wow…. so in other words he’s hoping the film was pathetic that it’s redundancy will somehow garner fame? Ugh geez, write Lebouf his official Hollywood pink slip and get it over with…..

  4. His HWNDU autism entertained me a shitload more than any of his movies ever could have. I don’t watch (((television))) at all and hate movies; we all know WHO is behind them. I’m never going to pay to subject myself to brainwashing. Watching him get trolled (and taking part in it) by 8ch.net was awesome.

  5. Cj says:

    That’s 1 more then it should’ve.

    • Björn Odinnson says:

      Yeah…

      I was shocked too that they even counted Leboufs ticket he bought online for himself…. lol

  6. Bobby Clair says:

    To Bad, So Sad. LaBuff is beyond reason. Nobody thinks as highly of him as he does. Why a Producer would spend a cent hiring such a jerk baffles me.

  7. ryansdad says:

    This fellow would probably do better by concentrating on films and forgetting about politics…

    • Björn Odinnson says:

      He’s trying to kiss ass …. wildly kissing ass…. but he’s so pathetic and irrelevant even the asses he kisses don’t give a crap…

  8. pjmitch says:

    I know celebrities think what they do and say should be followed by everyone, and if that was true Hillary would be President but there are many people that will protest their actions and I think at least some of this might be the case (yes, I realize this happened in England). Although it may be hard to quantify, there will be numerous celebs to find they are not as powerful as they think they are and many will of us will use our dollars to show it. Ever hear of the Dixie Chicks?

    • Rob Bak says:

      “Too” bad, so sad. So sad you cant even get a 3 letter word right, and then you capitalize the whole sentence. – Spelling police have been advised of your incompetence and you will be required to submit to anal probing.

  9. JohnPaulJohnes says:

    Let me guess, his momma bought the sole ticket.

  10. Gompers says:

    “Shia will not divide us – from our movie money!”

  11. MsMysteryGirl says:

    Was it Shia who bought the ticket?

  12. Tobey says:

    BWAAAHHH!

  13. pomoc says:

    Finaly one of these nut bag hollywoodys bites the dust at the box office bit it okay if he follows a common since budget he can live very comfortably the rest of his life. The problem is the words common since could be a problem for him he will soon figure out NO one cares about his views on politics or what he’s thinking about he is anon thinker like most in Hollywood living of the writings of others and when they start using there own words they find out NO one cares .

  14. ron says:

    THis is a riot. Shia obviously has serious mental health issues and needs help. Perhaps now he’ll have time to get it.

  15. Lee Porter says:

    He’s a kook.

  16. Ounce Oflogic says:

    Labuff’s successes occurred during his formative years, when he was simply a diffucult-to-work-with drug user. Now the audience has come to know him for the raving maniac he is. People who are not Progressive fanatics or anarchists see movies too. Hopefully, this type of well-deserved, negative reaction will not be limited to “poor shia”.

  17. James Brigham (Bigg) Bunyon says:

    Don’t look at me! I didn’t buy it.

  18. hollymolley says:

    Stop with all the negative stuff, it may have been just one ticket but keep in mind that it was a very large one ticket and free popcorn ,,,,,

  19. Ralph says:

    Isn’t it a pity! Isn’t it a shame!

  20. Santiago Matamoros says:

    Who bought it? His mom?

  21. rytwinger says:

    Put the bag back on your head, stupid!

  22. agcala says:

    So many?

  23. SamanthaWoods says:

    Those without talent… act like an assclown.

    You don’t have to lokk very deep to see Shia La-whatever is a garden variety self-absorbed child that craves attention.

    He has nothing to offer.

    There is so much real talent out there waiting to be discovered, why does Hollywood waste millions on this imbecile?

    • robbak says:

      I think you have a case of cognitive bias. The guy’s worth $25M and can act. You probably have the shits on because you don’t “lokk” very deep.

  24. Sally says:

    I would love to have Shia’s career or work with Dito Montiel. People who make films are infinitely more interesting than people who criticise them.

  25. Shia LaBeouf, typical snowflake Liberal overrated actor living in the Hollywood fantasy world. I can’t wait for the day CGI replaces all these buffoons and they learn their new lines, “Hello and welcome to Walmart”.

    • Ed says:

      No William you are moron

      • robbak says:

        Ah, the Dixie Chicks that sold 30 million albums (back to back diamonds). That makes them one of the best selling bands. I think you should be disallowed from making comments if you are going to talk crap.

  26. Randy Gombar says:

    I’m sure mom enjoyed the movie.

  27. Sean Osborne says:

    Shia used to entertain as an actor, but since he’s shown his true colors of being an atypical Hollywood leftist (who but a psychotic nut-case screams point-blank into the ear of a fellow human being because of transient political rubbish?) there’s no point in supporting his career financially any further by going to see his films. Shia, take some sound advise: shut the pie hole and act like a responsible and professional actor.

  28. CrRyan says:

    Shia is a fruit loop who upstages and torpedoes his own career with his snowflake behavior, but I did think he was absolutely great in Fury.

  29. Could be on account of the dullard “star” is one brick shia of a load. And why WILL he divide us?

  30. Bob Ho says:

    He was probably the one that bought the ticket

  31. jERRY says:

    I’m amazed that one person bought a ticket, he probably walked out when he realized Shite la Boofoo was in it

  32. jorgen says:

    That ticket was sold to his mother who felt she had to support him.

  33. This young assclown thought of himself as pretty influencing against Trump that shit didn’t work either the guy is a fucking loser!

  34. Shee-ah the Beef! He will not ringside us!

  35. Moebius says:

    The lone guy who bought the ticket, thought it was a porn movie. Man Down!

    rofl….

  36. First problem with SLB…he should have shed that wacko name ages ago. Most folks hearing or reading it could easily assume he’s a she – maybe a sleazy stripper offering lap dances?

  37. JIM BOWIE says:

    SHIA??? WHO THE EFF NAMES THEIR KID SHIA?? WHO IS THIS FOOL NO ONE I KNOW EVER HEARD OF HIM….I WOULDNT PAY 5 CENTS TO SEE A MOVIE THAT SKANKY LOOKIN FOOL WAS IN…AND ON TOP OF THAT HES AN AMERICA HATER…GOOD LUCK ON YOUR CAREER THERE SHIA LOL

  38. Shia LeBeouf career went Poof!

  39. AE says:

    Look at all these snowflakes upset over an actor. So much for tough and thick-skinned.

  40. Joe says:

    A monkey with an organ grinder on the street corner is selling more tickets

  41. Joel holland says:

    I liked fury.

  42. js biggs says:

    #ResistShia LaBeouf

  43. Bruce Kramer, M.D. says:

    Rumor has it the one ticket was purchased by his mother…and even she left the theatre half way through the movie…

  44. Joe says:

    Ya know, maybe when he’s broke (which will be soon) Trumps economy will help him find a job with a city’s wast management, which would be coincidental because that’s where his movie will be!

  45. Joe says:

    Thats one ticket more then he would have gotten from me,,,,,,,,Good for him!!!!

  46. Chris says:

    lolololololololol this is great. 1st 4chan now this.

  47. Lt scrounge says:

    Seeing as it is available for sale at Walmart for under $20, why would anyone pay theater ticket prices to see it?

    • Zeke4541 says:

      Why would anyone even buy it at WalMart? I wouldn’t watch it unless you paid me no less than $100.00 for my time.

      • This is what I’d expect to watch any kind of television media shit. $100, basically a day’s wage, because it’s going to take me about 2 hours to get through and the rest of my day to purge it from my mind.

  48. he should get together with sean penn, together they could sell 2 tickets

    • Zeke4541 says:

      … Why would anyone even buy it at WalMart? I wouldn’t watch it unless you paid me no less than $100.00 for my time.

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