Every year people rush to the movie theater to see the hottest new release, but there are also other films that fall into oblivion, with one film every year earning the distinction of the lowest grossing film of the year.
The title for the film that was recognized with this less-than-flattering award went to "Playback." The film starred Christian Slater, Johnny Pacar of "Make It or Break It" and Toby Hemingway of "The Black Swan." It was independently produced.
The film, an indie horror picture, was only shown for one week at one movie theater and was shown the week of March 16 – 22. The gross total at the end of the week was only $264. That translates to about 33 people purchasing tickets to see the film while it was showing during that fateful week in March.
While Christian Slater was the most recognizable name in the cast, it was not enough to draw in his usually eager fans. The movie now will go down in the record books as one of the lowest grossing films in history. To make matters worse, the film had an estimated budget of $7.5 million, but producers should not be counting on recouping any of those funds.
While the $264 total is impressive by itself, it is not the worst a movie has managed to bring in.
The movie on record that made the least amount of money in history was "Zyzzyx Road," which was released in 2007 and managed to only bring in a measly $30 at the box office.
"Zyzzyx Road" was shown for one week at the Dallas Highland Park Village Theater. The movie was shown one time per day with an estimated six people buying tickets the entire week, according to Entertainment Weekly.
Slater is hoping that his upcoming projects will do better at the box office. Slater has a few roles in upcoming movies including "The Power of Few" with Christopher Walken, and "Nymphomaniac" with Shia LaBeouf, which is set to release in 2013.