Date: 4th November 2013
'Diana', the recent biopic of Princess Diana, has bombed on its opening weekend in the US.
The film, which stars Naomi Watts as the princess, failed to bring in either box office success or critical acclaim when it emerged in UK cinemas in September.
It seems the US market was equally unimpressed.
Though it only opened on a tiny 38 screens, it made just $64,914 (£40,800), equating just $1,708 (£1071) per location.
The film, directed by 'Downfall' helmsman Oliver Hirschbiegel, was roundly hammered by the UK critics.
Peter Bradshaw in The Guardian deigned to call it 'car crash cinema', while the Daily Mirror decreed that 'Wesley Snipes in a blonde wig would be more convincing' than Watts' performance.
Hirschbiegel revealed that he had been 'devastated' by the notices, adding 'but when you make a film you don't think about the reactions'.
"In all the other places where it's opened - in Poland, the Czech Republic, Turkey and Slovakia - it's been very strong," he told the BBC.
"I think for the British, Diana is still a trauma they haven't come to terms with."
In the film, Watt stars opposite 'Lost' star Naveen Andrews, who played heart surgeon Hasnat Khan, with whom Diana had an affair.
Source: Press Release