Well… I bet that was disappointing!
Once again making the headlines for all the wrong reasons, FIFA’s most recent project has utterly failed. According to NBC News, FIFA started work on a movie that would cover the organization’s history. It has just recently come out in ten US theaters across the country, and, like all true patriotic Americans feel about soccer, nobody cared.
With Friday and Saturday’s earnings combined, the film has made a grand total of $607. No, that isn’t millions, or hundreds of thousands, just 607 dollars. It cost FIFA well over $29 million to produce
NBC reports: These weren’t small towns. The film opened in limited release in New York, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., Phoenix, Kansas City, Miami, Minneapolis, Houston, Dallas and Philadelphia.
“United Passions” — which also stars Gerard Depardieu and Sam Neill — got an even worse reception from the critics. The New York Times on Friday reviewed it as “one of the most unwatchable films in recent memory, a dishonest bit of corporate-suite sanitizing that’s no good even for laughs.”
The LA Times added that, internationally, the movie has only made about $178,000. I find that part amazing! Even in parts of the world where people care about the sport, FIFA couldn’t even get their support!
So, let’s run the numbers. The movie cost $29,000,000 to make. They only made $178,607. So, FIFA’s in the hole for about $28,821,393.
Well, I’m sure they don’t have to worry. I’m pretty sure Russia and Qatar will help out with they debt by paying more bribes to keep the World Cup inside their borders.