Some films perform below expectations when it comes to the box offices; some movies flop completely; and others are absolute disasters. Morgan Freeman’s new thriller Momentum belongs firmly in the third category, with a UK box office opening weekend of a paltry £46.

Yes, that is correct. Just £46, with average taking of £4.60 per screen on which it was shown. Of course, it never helps matters when just 10 cinemas show a movie, two of which reported no customers whatsoever, but Freeman’s newly released film ranks as one of the very worst of all time in terms of commercial performances.

Morgan FreemanMorgan Freeman's new thriller 'Momentum' has recorded one of the worst opening weekends in history

Momentum was kicked from pillar to post by virtually every film critic in the business. Made for a pretty sizeable $20 million and co-starring Olga Kurylenko – a former Bond girl – and James Purefoy, it received poor reviews and was even dubbed by Empire magazine as “one of the worst films you won’t see in 2015.”

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The movie is the first to be directed by Stephen Campanelli, a former member of the creative team headed by Clint Eastwood. Speaking to movie website Geekscape recently, the director explained how he persuaded Freeman to get on board with the flick.

“I did three movies with Morgan [while I was] a camera operator, and we’ve gotten along very well. We’ve become like friends, and he said to me, ‘When you get a movie and you get to direct it, if you have a role for me, I’d love to do it.’ Then this came out and I read the part of the senator’s role and I went, ‘Oh my God, Morgan would be perfect for this.’”

It comes just a little too late for the annual Forbes list, which earlier this week detailed the worst-performing movies of 2015. Bill Murray’s Rock The Kasbah, which also starred big names like Bruce Willis and Zooey Deschanel, took just $2.87 million worldwide.

Oh, and the record for worst opening weekend ever? That’ll be the obscure Polish movie My Nikifor, which took just £7 on an extremely low-key release in 2004.

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