No Legs to stand on

Through to the keeper: <i>Save Your Legs!</i>
Through to the keeper: Save Your Legs!

Australian cricket comedy Save Your Legs! failed to trouble the scorers on the weekend, taking just over $165,000 on 176 screens for a massively disappointing per-screen average of just $936.

Distributor Madman, which was also a major investor in the film, had hoped for a per-screen average of between $7000 and $10,000 on its opening weekend, and a box office gross north of $1.2 million.

''It's incredibly disappointing on every conceivable level,'' said Madman director Paul Wiegard. ''We were comfortable we had done everything we needed to do … we saw it with audiences locally and internationally, and the response was really strong. It's very, very confusing.''

The film stars Stephen Curry, Damon Gameau and Brendan Cowell (who also wrote the script) as members of an amateur cricket club who embark on a ramshackle end-of-season tour of India. The story is a fictional retelling of a true story captured in the 2005 documentary of the same name.

This story No Legs to stand on first appeared on The Sydney Morning Herald.