There’s so much to pick apart in that headline alone that it’s hard to know where to start. No doubt a hotbed of cinematic excellence, the Lancashire town of Burnley is still an odd place to open a film starring some of Hollywood’s biggest names.
Man Down sees Shia LaBeouf in the lead role, along with Gary Oldman, Kate Mara and Jai Courtney. Between them they have taken billions at the box-office with films such as Transformers (2014), The Dark Knight (2008), The Martian (2015) and Divergent (2014).
Currently showing once a day at the peak time of 12.20pm in the afternoon, the film’s UK distributors clearly didn’t believe that there would be a big return on their investment. The lucky folk up north have steered clear of the Reel Cinema branch.
The film was originally completed in 2015 and has a lowly, but not entirely disastrous, rating of 5.9 on IMDB (although professional reviewers have been a lot harsher on the movie).
LaBeouf portrays a US soldier returning from war in Afghanistan whilst suffering from PTSD. Director Dito Montiel has worked with the actor before, on the genuinely fantastic coming-of-age drama A Guide To Recognising Your Saints (2006), which also featured Channing Tatum, Robert Downey Jr and Rosario Dawson.
comScore, the company responsible for reporting the box-office numbers, have either rounded down the sum or are feeling generous. Adult tickets in Burnley cost £7.90 and student tickets cost £6.90.