‘Playback,’ Starring Christian Slater, Is the Lowest-Grossing Film of 2012

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The highest-grossing film of 2012 was the superhero action flick The Avengers. The blockbuster grossed an astonishing $1.5 billion dollars at the box office around the world with a cast that included Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth, Gwyneth Paltrow, Samuel L. Jackson, Jeremy Renner and many more. The lowest-grossing film? Playback, starring Christian Slater, which only grossed $264, according to Movieline. (No, you read that correctly. $264) Playback’s IMBD synopsis reads: “When a group of high school students dig into their town’s infamous past they unwittingly unlock an Evil that corrupts and destroys them. Possessing its victims through video playback and using them for malevolent purposes, it closes in on one specific soul, threatening to expose the town’s deepest, darkest secret.” (Wow, that sounds bad.) Playback only played for a week at one theater before it made its way to DVD. It is available for viewing on Netflix and Amazon Prime. The budget to make the Playback? $7.5 million. (Yup, you read that correctly.) That said, Playback isn’t the lowest-grossing film of all time. That one starred Katherine Heigl. Zyzzyx Road was released in 2007 and made $30 at the box office. Watch the Playback trailer below.