“Delgo”: All-Time-Worst Movie Opening

Hello, I Must Be Going

I was wondering why the animated film “Delgo,” a mainstream release, disappeared from the movie listings only a week after opening.

I figured it probably opened poorly, but I had no idea how poorly.

Until a Chicago Tribune report surfaced today, declaring the stiff fantasy “secured a special place in cinema history this week as the least-attended film ever to open on more than 2,000 screens.

In a darkly amusing anecdote, the writer, Robert K. Elder, said he and one other person were the only people at the 1:50 p.m. Tuesday screening he attended. And, he said, the other person snored through half the film.

Evidently, it was an accurate sample. Media by Numbers reported “Delgo’s” opening-weekend take at $511,920 in 2,160 theaters. Yahoo! movie writer Jonathan Crow reported that that translates to an average of two people per screening.

I know you can’t win ’em all, but I’d think you could at least win an audience of three.

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