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Old 11-08-2017, 09:34 PM
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What movie you saw in the theater had the lowest box office total?

Pretty much, what movie did you see in the theater that was the least popular ticket seller? Adjust for inflation if you like.

I saw the following movies in the theater. I know few others who did:

Pi - Darren Aronfonsky's first movie and I saw it. I don't know many others who did. $3.2 million in 1998.

Hamlet(1996) - saw it in the theater twice. In 70MM film, too. Very nice. Only drew $4.7 million, though. Shame because it is the best Shakespeare movie I've seen.

I'm sure these were huge hits compared to what many of you saw. What did you see that almost no one else did?
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Old 11-08-2017, 09:40 PM
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I remember seeing Pi in the theater. But it was only showing at some tiny geeky art house theater that probably only held like 100 ppl tops. And wasn't full.
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Old 11-08-2017, 09:49 PM
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I've had occasion to see locally produced, ultra-low budget movies (both fiction and documentary) for which the screening I attended was probably the only time they were shown in a theater, so it's hard to say.

Is the OP referring to major-studio productions that were in at least limited release?
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Old 11-08-2017, 10:10 PM
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I saw Futz, a 1969 movie about a man in love with his pig, in a theater. I haven't been able to find any box office info, which suggests it was pretty negligible.
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Old 11-08-2017, 10:18 PM
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Recently, it would have to be Captain Fantastic. $5.8 million gross strictly on the power of Viggo Mortenson.

A quirky little movie that I liked a lot.
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Old 11-08-2017, 10:19 PM
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Pi - Darren Aronfonsky's first movie and I saw it. I don't know many others who did. $3.2 million in 1998.

Hamlet(1996) - saw it in the theater twice. In 70MM film, too. Very nice. Only drew $4.7 million, though. Shame because it is the best Shakespeare movie I've seen.
I've seen both of these, but not in the theater. First was a rental, second was in a high school class.

I saw Eraserhead in a theater. It was a midnight showing at the Roxy in Missoula, MT, the local arthouse theater. It's made seven million in box office to date, but I'm guessing it was much, much less when it was first-run, as opposed to its decades-long life in midnight movie showings, like the one I saw.

Oh, that reminds me: I saw Seven Eves at its gala premier, in 2011, and if you've never heard of it that's only because you're not related by marriage to the man responsible for it. I'm pretty sure that beats pretty much everyone else.
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Old 11-08-2017, 10:26 PM
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Saw Doc Savage in 1975 (and it still haunts me today). Don't know the numbers, but they can't be good!

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Old 11-08-2017, 10:33 PM
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Condorman apparently made only $4m in 1981, which was around a quarter of its budget. I really like that movie, and would love to remake it.
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Old 11-08-2017, 10:44 PM
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According to Wikipedia, "Hobo With A Shotgun" made $748,453 at the box office. I liked it.

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Old 11-08-2017, 10:45 PM
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Old 11-08-2017, 10:49 PM
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It's hard to come up with box office totals from 40-50 years ago, but I saw a LOT of arty film school type projects and drive-in fillers in my high school and college days.

I remember seeing the original Little Shop of Horrors when it first came out. I'm pretty sure that wasn't popular until years later.

Zabriskie Point had a famous director (Michelangelo Antonioni) and a big budget, but it was a bomb. Wiki says it grossed $900,000, but I have to believe that was inflated.

Ever hear of a film named Harvey Middleman, Fireman? Don't worry, no one else has, either. But I saw it in a real theater and everything.
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Old 11-08-2017, 10:52 PM
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Pokémon heroes which had the lowest total ever for a widely released movie .....it was when pokemon was going through one of its lulls between game releases

I think its total was between 400-800k

It was the last pokemon movie released theatrically in the us
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Old 11-08-2017, 10:54 PM
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Sea of Trees had a total domestic box office of $20444, according to Box Office Mojo. It really wasn't that bad.
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Old 11-08-2017, 11:03 PM
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Probably the recent All Saints at $5.8 million. Barton Fink was close at $6.2 million, but that was in 1991 dollars.
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Old 11-08-2017, 11:33 PM
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Twin Peaks Fire Walk With Me, at $4.2 Million.
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Old 11-08-2017, 11:52 PM
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Probably My Son the Fanatic, which took in about $408K in 1997, according to IMDB. I remember liking it, but not much about it. But it has Om Puri and Stellan Skarsgaard, so it must be good.

http://m.imdb.com/title/tt0119743/
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Old 11-09-2017, 12:52 AM
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Well, according to Box Office Mojo, "Visitor Q" by Takashi Miike made $12,397. I saw that in a theater.

Last month I saw "78/52: Hitchcock's Shower Scene" which so far has made $30,335, it is still running so that will increase a bit.

I also saw a film called "The American Astronaut" in 2001 that made $38,170 total according to IMDB.
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Old 11-09-2017, 01:26 AM
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I saw a film called "The Godfather of Green Bay" in the theater -- it was at an actual big multiplex (a Marcus Theater), but in one of their smallest auditoriums, and probably only shown for a night or two.

It was fairly funny, especially for me (since I grew up in Green Bay). It had a couple of recognizable actors: Lauren Holly, and Tony Goldwyn (who went on to play the President in "Scandal"). It was *so* small that neither Box Office Mojo nor IMDB have any details on its actual box office.
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Old 11-09-2017, 02:20 AM
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LAST RESORT, from 1986. Charles Grodin 'starred' in this dreadful unfunny pile. He was in his period of doing some funny Johnny Carson appearances in which he'd be a very difficult guest, so my friend and I went. Afterwards, we'd found that we'd BOTH wanted to walk out, but stayed because of the other.

I CANNOT find the box office take for this. Box Office Mojo lists other movies by this name, but not the Charles Grodin one. This has to be the least successful movie, in wide release, that I've seen at the theater. I certainly hope so. It was produced by Roger Corman's wife. It was not as funny as most Corman movies, but it was almost as well made.

I went to see Bubba Ho-Tep on the big screen, but it only went to 25 theaters and made $1.2 million.
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Old 11-09-2017, 03:12 AM
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I've seen Pi and Hobo With A Shotgun in repertory cinemas, and Visitor Q in a festival. Visitor Q understandably did a bit better in its country of origin, IMDB places it around ¥7,000,000 (a bit over $60K USD.) It gets tougher to get figures the smaller the film is.

My best guess for an American film is I Pass For Human (2004) which I saw in the smaller theater at FanTasia, IMDb says its budget was $35K, rated 5.4 and only 36 reviews. No box office returns are quoted.

For some Quebec films that played at Festival du nouveau cinéma I may have seen the entire worldwide theatrical run of one showing

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Old 11-09-2017, 04:17 AM
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Has anyone seen any of these?:

https://screenrant.com/lowest-grossi...me-box-office/
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Old 11-09-2017, 05:00 AM
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I've seen Pretty Village, Pretty Flame, but not in theaters. Colombian Dog Eat Dog from 2008 looks really familiar too, but unless IFC showed it at a festival in Montreal, I probably heard about it precisely because of the engineered poor box office. These are reasonably competent films though, and both have many more IMDb reviews than 36.

I really want to see Zyzzyx Rd now

I can edit my answer to $0 for USA box office, since I saw Hector Babenco's final film My Hindu Friend. IMDb gives box office for Brazil and mentions an international première at Montreal World Film Festival Sep. 3 2016. AFAIK it hasn't yet opened in the US which is especially shocking and sad for film lovers. Gene Kelly would surely have much less of a problem with Babenco's tribute to Singin' In The Rain than Malcolm McDowell's.
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Old 11-09-2017, 05:13 AM
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Technically my $0 might not count (there will be a prize I'd imagine? ), since I found my ticket stub and I was guestlisted...
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Old 11-09-2017, 06:43 AM
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'I Bought a Vampire Motorcycle' not sure what it grossed, but I've never met another person who saw it. I saw it on the night of the England v Germany World cup semi final as I hate football and wanted to escape. I was the only person in the cinema.

I can't find it now, but another of those low budget vampire movies a few years ago had a cinema gross equivalent to 12 viewers. The Director said in an interview that he took a date to see it, so 2 of those were him.
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Old 11-09-2017, 07:52 AM
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Probably the French-German "psychological horror film" Possession 91981), the only name most people would likely know from this was Sam Neill, who hadn't yet been in Reilly: Ace of Spies (let alone Jurassic Park) and was pretty unknown in the US. For me, the draw was the special effects work by Carlo Rambaldi. The film seemed pretty damned incoherent, and the theater was empty when I saw it. Only half a million people saw it in France. It grossed only a million in the US, but has since developed a cult following.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0082933/...ref_=tt_dt_bus

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Possession_(1981_film)


I've seen many others listed in this thread, but after their general release, on video. But I saw Possession in the actual theater.
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Old 11-09-2017, 08:18 AM
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Two- Apartment 143 and Playback.

I’ll add Orlando, which made $5.3m on a $4m budget in 1992. Hated every second of that movie, but was desperately enamoured with the gentleman who invited me, so I put up with it.
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Old 11-09-2017, 08:21 AM
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Hard to say. I've seen some clunkers.

What about Microcosmos, the documentary about insects? $1.5MM domestic. Saw it at, I think, the Biograph in DC.
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Old 11-09-2017, 08:30 AM
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I saw Spanking the Monkey in the theater. It made a whopping $1.3 million and never developed a cult following. Very strange movie IIRC.

http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/...gthemonkey.htm

I also saw the infamous Leonard Part 6 with Bill Cosby that made 4.6 million. I actually thought it was part of a series (it wasn't). I didn't think it was THAT bad at the time but I was just a young teenager.

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Old 11-09-2017, 08:44 AM
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I'm guessing it was The Man with Two Brains.
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Old 11-09-2017, 08:49 AM
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Robot Jox (1989), according to IMDB, only made 1.2 million in the theaters.

Gymkata (1985) made 3.2 million.
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Old 11-09-2017, 08:53 AM
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Not counting the IMAX theatres at the Museum of Science, film festivals and other such locations, I’m surprised to see that the lowest I can find is Lost in Yonkers at $9M.

I only average about 1.5 movies a year in theatre, so most are huge blockbusters that literally almost everyone is going to see.

I thought Like Water for Chocolate would be the lowest, but it raked in $21m.
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Old 11-09-2017, 09:01 AM
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Sea of Trees had a total domestic box office of $20444, according to Box Office Mojo. It really wasn't that bad.
My parents dragged me to Truffaut's Shoot The Piano Player when it came out. It was a critical hit but "bombed" at the box office, no figures available.

The 2008 re-issue raked in a whopping $20,615.
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Old 11-09-2017, 09:31 AM
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I think the lowest for me is The Center of the World, $1.09 million U.S. gross. (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0240402/?ref_=adv_li_tt). My intern suggested we go see it together. It was very awkward for both of us when the lead actress inserted a lollipop into her vagina. Neither of us saw that coming.

My runner up is Yi Yi, A One and a Two..., $1.14 million (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0244316/?ref_=nv_sr_1). At least between these two films, the better film trounced at the box office.

There's probably a film festival movie I've seen with a lower gross but I'm drawing a blank thinking of titles. I'll try to think of others.
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Old 11-09-2017, 09:41 AM
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Condorman apparently made only $4m in 1981, which was around a quarter of its budget. I really like that movie, and would love to remake it.
I saw it in the theater at the time and loved it (I was 6-7) but have not heard of it since then. Without your post, I might have thought I had hallucinated the whole experience.
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Old 11-09-2017, 09:42 AM
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The Wrecking Crew, a superb documentary about 60s LA session men. Earned about 800 grand. I actually saw it before it was officially released, in Tacoma of all places. Movie producer Denny Tedesco shipped it around special screenings around the country to raise money for an official release.
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Old 11-09-2017, 09:47 AM
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Recently, it would have to be Captain Fantastic. $5.8 million gross strictly on the power of Viggo Mortenson.
I also saw that in the theater and also liked it alot. But I also saw the 2002 version of Pinocchio directed by and starring Roberto Benigni, which Box Office Mojo says made $3.7 million domestically. (In my defense, I wanted to take my then eight-year-old nephew to the movies and it was the only kids' movie I could find at the time. And I fell asleep for much of it.)
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Old 11-09-2017, 10:09 AM
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π and Hamlet are serious movies. The theaters were reasonably full here.

However, and the same theater (Phoenix Camelview, the (now gone) art house theater) I saw A Friend of the Deceased, which is listed as making under $150K. And it doesn't seem to be available on DVD. I liked it.

I saw one mainstream movie where I was the only one in the theater, but I can't remember what it was. Wonder how it did.

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Old 11-09-2017, 10:11 AM
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The St. Francisville Experiment. I went to a preview screening at the Avon theater in Decatur, IL. Troy Taylor, who more or less plays himself in the picture, was given permission to pre-screen it in his hometown. It never made it to theaters - and for good reason! I started laughing at the awfulness about five minutes in. (Ryan's exposition on why she qualified as a historian put me over the edge in a hurry.) By the time it was over, the whole room was laughing with me. It was so bad it defies description.
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Old 11-09-2017, 10:16 AM
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I saw it in the theater at the time and loved it (I was 6-7) but have not heard of it since then. Without your post, I might have thought I had hallucinated the whole experience.
I saw that, too - at the Majestic in Lexington, NE. I thought it was a fun film. I can see why it didn't do well commercially, but it's enjoyable enough. The "comic book guy as hero" motif might play better today.
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Old 11-09-2017, 10:17 AM
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I saw it in the theater at the time and loved it (I was 6-7) but have not heard of it since then. Without your post, I might have thought I had hallucinated the whole experience.
I sought out Condorman on video (I missed it in the theaters) because:

a.) It stars Michael Crawford (The Phantom of the Opera) and Oliver Reed
b.) It's another of those movies based on a book by science fiction author Robert Sheckley. Unfortunately, it jettisons most of his average-joe-mistaken-for-a-secret-agent-a-la-North-by=Northwest for a completely different plot and thus removes the whole point of buying Sheckley's work in the first place.

You should know that the film has achieved cult status, especially among Pixar employees. That's why they worked in a "Condorman" fast food franchise "Happy Meal"-style giveaway toy in the Toy Story short Small Fry:

http://pixar.wikia.com/wiki/Condorman

http://lightearsdsf.blogspot.com/201...condorman.html
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Old 11-09-2017, 10:38 AM
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Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie apparently only made $1,007,000

Second place would be My Mother's Castle (1.4M), although I'm not sure whether foreign films should count. Also, 1990 dollars.
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Old 11-09-2017, 11:12 AM
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The Slammin' Salmon which according to Box Office Mojo only made 41K domestic, 60K total.
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Old 11-09-2017, 11:12 AM
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I'm guessing it was The Man with Two Brains.
I saw that. I only remember Merv Griffin, and the wonderful line, "I couldn't fuck a gorilla!"

My guess, and I'm not looking up the numbers, is "Harry and Walter Go to New York". If you read that title and think, 'Who the fuck are Harry and Walter?', well, yes, exactly.
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Old 11-09-2017, 11:27 AM
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I saw Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead at a theater. IMDb says it grossed $739,104 in the U.S. (1990 dollars). I always associate Tim Roth and Gary Oldman because it was the first time I saw either of them, although I'm still not sure which was which.

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I remember seeing the original Little Shop of Horrors when it first came out. I'm pretty sure that wasn't popular until years later.
When you saw the dental patient did you think "that guy's gonna be a star"?


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Probably the French-German "psychological horror film" Possession 91981), the only name most people would likely know from this was Sam Neill, who hadn't yet been in Reilly: Ace of Spies (let alone Jurassic Park) and was pretty unknown in the US.
I saw Sam Neill in a small, one-shot guest role in an Australian TV comedy series made after he was a big star in Hollywood. I read later that he was a friend of the show's writer and star from his early days in New Zealand.

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The Wrecking Crew, a superb documentary about 60s LA session men. Earned about 800 grand. I actually saw it before it was officially released, in Tacoma of all places. Movie producer Denny Tedesco shipped it around special screenings around the country to raise money for an official release.
The Grand Cinema, by any chance? Nice little place.

Hmm, I may have to revise my answer. I saw Senna at the Grand. IMDb says it grossed about $1.6 million. Adjusted for inflation that's probably pretty close to R&GAD.

I saw Theremin: An Electronic Odyssey ($187,923) at the Harvard Film Archive. Not sure if that strictly counts as a theater, and it was a few years after the initial release.
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Old 11-09-2017, 12:24 PM
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I've seen some of the movies mentioned on home video, but not in the theater. The winner for that is probably The Beaver Trilogy. There's no box office information available, because unless you're catching it at a special showing or at a film festival, the only way to see it is to buy it directly from the filmmaker. The Beaver Trilogy only has 412 ratings on IMDb, that's how little-seen it is. And I want to stress here that this is a film that has both Crispin Glover (before Back to the Future) and Sean Penn (before Fast Times at Ridgemont High).

I saw it at a special showing at the local Alamo Drafthouse; the director of programming there puts on "film club" screenings of small but good films on Wednesdays. It was a good movie, and there's a lot there to talk about, especially if you're into film.
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Old 11-09-2017, 12:46 PM
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Twin Peaks Fire Walk With Me, at $4.2 Million.
Oh! That reminds me! I saw David Lynch's Lost Highway in the theater. $3.8 million.
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Old 11-09-2017, 01:16 PM
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When I was a kid, I liked Dukes of Hazzard on TV. A movie came out during that time that supposedly was a "fun romp in the style of Dukes of Hazzard" so of course I had to go see it. The movie was Soggy Bottom, USA. I couldn't find numbers on IMDb, but according to this site,

Soggy Bottom, U.S.A. (1981)

Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $19,225

Even as a kid, I knew the movie sucked.
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Old 11-09-2017, 01:19 PM
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I worked at a theater where Citizens Band, the Jon Demme movie played, in 1977. Nobody came to see it, and when they did we sent them away with free passes. It was not worth the electricity to run it. A priest came by and said he wanted to see it, cause it got good reviews. Nope.

it grossed $815,530 to date, but that includes everything that happened after jon became big.

I'm surprised that people think a million is a small box office. I went to film school and lived in an urban area. I have to have seen a whole ton of movies that made virtually nothing.

When I was in school we had a visit from filmmakers from canada with this movie called "The Rubber Gun Show." Allan Moyle and Stephen Lack were there. (Lack was the lead in Scanners later on) It played at the local hip commercial outlet. The Box Office per my checking now was $90,000 canadian.

If you were to check the programs of these theaters I think you would find a lot of low box office flicks.
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