Keanu Reeves new film Exposed has flopped spectacularly by taking less than $150 (£105) in its opening weekend at the U.K. box-office.
The crime thriller was only screened in five cinemas, making a paltry $125.50 (£88). The terrible figure means it made $24.90 (£17.50) per theatre, roughly the price of two adult tickets.
Exposed’s disastrous ticket sales and appalling reviews are a far cry from Keanu’s days as the face of The Matrix franchise, which over the course of three films made more than $1.6 billion (£1.1 billion) at the box-office.
“The film had terrible reviews but you would think Keanu could do better than less than £100,” a source told British newspaper The Sun. “In his Matrix days he earned over £100 million from the series.”
Exposed’s shocking failure may be down to its troubled and controversial production history, with original director Gee Malik Linton eventually battling to have his name removed from the film’s credits.
The filmmaker resorted to legal action after studio bosses at Lionsgate allegedly insisted the film, originally a bilingual drama in Spanish and English titled Daughter of God, was re-cut into a crime thriller focusing on Keanu.
“(We went) from a masterpiece to ‘here we go again,’ taking away the pure reality of the story, the core,” Gabriel Lopez, an actor from the film told U.S. website The Root.”Taking away everything because of Keanu Reeves, because he could sell more with his face.”
The gamble on Keanu’s star power to deliver box-office success appears to have failed spectacularly in Britain, and the film has only performed slightly better internationally, taking $138,013 (£97,007) around the world.
– Cover Media