'Man Down' starring Shia LaBeouf sells one ticket during U.K. opening weekend

It would be hard for a movie to break Even Steven with only a handful of ticket sales, let alone just one.

comScore reports that Man Down, starring Shia LaBeouf as a former Marine shaken after serving in Afghanistan, earned just £7 over the weekend after opening at a sole theater in the U.K. and selling one ticket.

But there are a few things to note about the box office results. The film, which also features Gary Oldman and Kate Mara, earned $454,490 with a limited U.S. release in December.   It was also made available to audiences on on-demand so all views of the film would not be captured in ticket sales.

Paul Dergarabedian, a senior media analyst at ComScore, believes the movie's accessibility should be taken into account. "I think it's become much more of a home video play for that movie," he told USA TODAY, later adding, "It certainly did make a reasonable amount of money in the U.S."

The Hollywood Reporter says additional tickets have been sold. USA TODAY attempted to contact the theater but was informed via email that management is "not giving comments about this story."\

Low box office numbers are not unheard of. Zyzzyx Road starring Katherine Heigl, Leo Grillo and Tom Sizemore experienced a mere $20 weekend in 2006 when it opened at one theater in Dallas, Tex. Entertainment Weekly reported that the opening was merely to fulfill a Screen Actors Guild requirement and that Grillo "didn’t want an audience."

Christian Slater wasn't enough star power in the 2012 flick Playback to earn it more $252 on its domestic opening weekend, earning $264 for the week it spent at one theater. Trojan War starring '90s icons Will Friedle and Jennifer Love Hewitt made $217 its opening weekend in 1997 when it was released in a sole cinema.

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