The American actor's movie, The Sea of Trees, opened at just one cinema in the United States. And according to figures released by Box Office Mojo, it has taken a mere $2,730 (£2,000) in its first five days. The low opening revenue doesn’t even equate to 1 per cent of the film's $25 million (£18.1 million) budget.

The Sea of Trees, which made its debut on 26 August (16), stars Academy Award-winner MCConaughey, Naomi Watts and Ken Watanabe.

Directed by Good Will Hunting's Gus Van Sant, the movie centres on scientist Arthur (MCConaughey), who travels to Japan's notorious Aokigahara Forest (more commonly known as The Suicide Forest or Sea of Trees) following the death of his wife (Watts).

After the troubled widower meets Takumi Nakamura (Watanbe) there, the two embark on a spiritual and life-changing journey together.

The Sea of Trees was entered into the 2015 Cannes Festival to compete for the Palme d'Or. But after it was universally panned by critics and booed during its premiere it was dropped and picked up by A24, the studio behind Ex MAChina and Spring Breakers.

When asked about the audience booing, MCConaughey wasn’t too bothered.

“I heard that", the actor told The Wrap at the time. “And I would say, real simply, anyone has as much right to boo as they do to ovate.”

It's a rare flop for Van Sant, who won the Palme d’Or in 2003 for his critically acclaimed mass school shooting drama, Elephant.