As if the story couldn’t get any worse for FIFA after all of the recent allegations and arrests, their venture into the film world hasn’t faired much better with the self-funded football story United Passions flopping dramatically at the US box office.
United Passions is FIFA’s own film and tells the story of their 111-year history, but on its release in US cinemas last weekend, the film only managed to grosses around $900. That’s 900 dollars, not millions. While the film only played in 10 theaters and has been released on VOD and digital platforms as well, the grosses will not make for happy reading for the football body. Furthermore, these numbers are from insiders rather than official box office websites, but various sources have confirmed the numbers to be true.
The film was acquired by Screen Media for US distribution after having a small release last summer to coincide with the 2014 FIFA World Cup last year, where it is reported to have made around $178,000, mainly from Russia, according to box office data company Rentrak.
United Passions stars Gerald Depardieu, Sam Neill, Fisher Stevens, Thomas Kretschmann and Tim Roth.