FIFA film grosses $918, worst box-office opener ever

How bad is United Passions, the movie about FIFA estimated to have cost $30 million? It grossed $918 on its opening weekend -- June 6-7 -- making it the worst box office opening ever in the United States.

FIFA helped finance the movie starring Tim Roth (as Sepp Blatter), Gerard Depardieu (as Jules Rimet) and Sam Neil (as Joao Havelange) as FIFA presidents.

The movie, which first came out in 2014, is intended to portray Blatter as working to clean up corruption.

The film was widely panned by critics, who called it  "pure cinematic excrement" and "cringe-worthy, self-aggrandizing," among other things.
4 comments about "FIFA film grosses $918, worst box-office opener ever".
  1. Jack DiGiorgio, June 23, 2015 at 8 a.m.

    Who would want to go and see a movie that portraits the opposite character that the "mafioso" Blatter shows in the movie? Did even know that a "made-up" autobiography was out there! Jail forever for Blatter!

  2. Kily Gonzalez, June 23, 2015 at 5:15 p.m.

    $918 earned means something like 200-300 paying customers. Where did it debut? In just one movie theater? Had not even heard of a FIFA movie until clicking onto this link. But, Soccer America staff, let's do some due diligence as journalists, eh? Yes, it might indeed be a bad movie. But it 1) was probably produced for an audience mostly focused on Europe's moviegoers and perhaps South America. Maybe a few parts of Asia too. But not really a FIFA plan or concept to be a big or well attended movie in North America, eh? No movie in the world can have a debut that garners money and headlines if only a tiny handful of theatres show it. (I'm guessing maybe just one theater in NYC and one in LA for this debut weekend) So tell us where it was shown. And, better yet, do the work to go see it and write a real movie review. Don't rely on the 5 or 10 second word phrases of others. The trailer was not bad. If it is flopping or not getting muscled into theaters, there might be far larger movie market movers and shakers making sure to shut it out. Not because of any particular bias. But only to make sure that their movies are what gets viewed. We THINK and are under the silly notion that the "market decides," i.e. that the consumers out there ultimately make the choices that tell us what people really like. That is a terribly naïve view or grasp of how the world (and the world of entertainment industries) really works.

  3. John Mcdermott, June 23, 2015 at 7:42 p.m.

    United Passions is available as a view-on-demand option on Comcast, and has been frequently advertised during Copa America broadcasts. It might be interesting to see how many Comcast customers availed themselves of the opportunity to view this work of cinematic art. The director, Frédéric Auburtin, is actually pretty well-known and well-regarded. He has not spoken kindly of how the film has been edited and marketed, calling it "a disaster". Tim Roth, the actor who portrays Sepp Blatter, has also been less than complimentary and supportive of the film, saying the role would have his father "turning in his grave".

  4. John Mcdermott, June 23, 2015 at 7:44 p.m.

    The only conclusion I draw from all this is that the main reason they all worked on this film was for the paycheck, which must have been pretty good. That's always an understandable, if not necessarily laudable, reason.

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