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FIFA-Backed Soccer Movie Gets Panned by Critics and Fans

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Days after the U.S. government filed corruption charges against nine FIFA officials, a version of history backed by the soccer organization hit U.S theaters, greeted by a red card from critics and mostly empty seats.

“United Passions,” a star-filled dramatization funded by FIFA and distributed in the U.S. by Screen Media Films, opened in 10 locations Friday and for purchase online. It collected about $634 in ticket sales Friday and Saturday, said two people with knowledge of the matter. Sunday’s take will probably bring the total to $1,000, said one of the people, who asked not to be named disclosing private box-office data.