United Passions, the FIFA-funded movie about FIFA, opened on Friday in U.S. theaters just a few days after FIFA president Sepp Blatter announced he would cede his position amid a massive corruption scandal engulfing the organization.
FIFA paid $27 million for the film, and in return U.S. moviegoers spent a combined $634 for tickets on Friday and Saturday. The weekend total is anticipated to be around $1,000, according to Bloomberg.
Overall, the movie has grossed $178,000 in ticket sales over the past year across the world. Neither figure will likely impress FIFA, which recently saw 14 soccer officials indicted by the U.S. Department of Justice on various corruption charges for bribes worth hundreds of millions of dollars.
The film tells the story of the world soccer governing body. Blatter is played by Tim Roth.
FIFA might be skeptical about a sequel, but if United Passions 2 depicts the Department of Justice's crackdown on FIFA corruption and Blatter's resignation, we guarantee it will perform better at the box office.
- Stanley Kay