FIFA-financed movie nets only $900 in limited US release

NEW YORK (AP) — The FIFA-financed movie “United Passions” made only about $900 over the weekend, according to person who has seen box-office data from the 10 theaters the film played in, but who was granted anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to release the figures.

“United Passions” cost about $30 million to make and was largely bankrolled by FIFA to trumpet the soccer federation’s 111-year history. It had no expectations of drawing crowds, but the minuscule result still was a striking repudiation of a high-priced FIFA puff piece starring Tim Roth as FIFA President Sepp Blatter.

“United Passions” initially was released in a handful of European markets last summer. Screen Media, which declined to report the film’s weekend grosses, acquired it, focusing on video-on-demand and digital release.

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This story has been corrected to show that Sepp Blatter is president of FIFA and has not yet resigned.