The LOWEST Box-Office Take Of All Time


Posted December 16, 2008 - By Joseph Baxter

History was made last weekend at the box-office: Worst opening for a major film...EVER. (For "Very Wide" releases of 2,000+ theaters.)

Above is the trailer for an animated feature called Delgo. It is the end result of a $40 million dollar investment, nearly 7 years of hard work from an independent Atlanta-based animation studio called Fathom, and a somewhat impressive cast of voice actors that includes Malcolm McDowell, Val Kilmer, Freddie Prinze Jr., Jennifer Love Hewitt, Kelly Ripa, as well as being the final work of Anne Bancroft who died in 2005. Now, there was just a slight problem: No one even knew the film existed, much less that it was released.

Entrepreneur Marc Adler decided that he wanted to direct and produce a big-budget animated feature (which, unless you have been living under a rock, make HUGE money at the box-office.) The problem was, after all the money and hard work he could not get anyone to distribute the film. So, being young and assertive, he says "f-it!" and distributes it himself. Well, the results speak for themselves.

Domestic Weekend Gross: $511,920

However, it is in the breakdown statistics where the real pain begins. I double-checked the source's math, and it is correct.

The $511,920 it earned was in a release of 2,160 theaters. Therefore that's $237 per theater for 3 days. (Or $79 per day.) Given that an average ticket costs $8, that's about 10 people per day. Given that an average theater has about 5 screenings per day, we get the startling statistic that in a given showing, an average of TWO PEOPLE went to see this film.

Did it deserve to experience such ignominy? Watch the trailer and judge for yourself. For me, ugly reptilian characters + bland derivative storyline = pass.


The LOWEST Box-Office Take Of All Time


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