Box office disaster: Benedict Cumberbatch's 'The Fifth Estate' has worst debut of 2013
Benedict Cumberbatch knows he has a rabid fan base of Tumblr-obsessed fans. When asked whether he was worried that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange might attack his new drama The Fifth Estate, in which he plays the infamous hacker, Cumberbatch kept his cool: “The Cumberitches have got my back,” he told EW.
But, as it turns out, the Cumberbitches didn’t have his back this weekend — at least not at the box office. The Fifth Estate bombed in its opening weekend with a truly awful $1.7 million from 1,769 theaters, making it the worst debut for a film opening in at least 1,500 theaters this year. (Sorry, Paranoia!) The film, which cost DreamWorks a reported $26 million to produce, earned tepid reviews from critics and could only manage an anemic $969 location average.
Just how bad is that? Well, let’s put this in perspective. Notorious stinker Movie 43 grossed $4.8 million in its opening weekend in January, almost three times as much as The Fifth Estate. Getaway, the ludicrously awful Ethan Hawke/Selena Gomez thriller drove away with $4.5 million in August. Heck, this weekend’s Arnold Schwarznegger/Sylvester Stallone action flick Escape Plan bombed this weekend with $9.8 million — and that’s still almost six times more money than The Fifth Estate made!
Luckily, there is a silver lining for Cumberbatch. His other vehicle, 12 Years a Slave, proved powerful in limited release this weekend, drawing $960,000 from just 19 theaters, which yielded a terrific $50,526 per theater average — not to mention boatloads of early Oscar buzz.
Who the fuck is trying to make Benedict Cumberbatch and Daniel Brühl happen? Neither one is particularly interesting or talented...
I'm glad it bombed, but that will probably make that asshole Assange happy so I'm torn.
Sweet guy, I'm sure, but Cumberbatch sounds like an Old English term for the pubic bush.
The Cumberbitches didn't fancy Benedict with the horrible lanky bleach blond hair. He needed to know his audience better.
This is no surprise, but I am sure the Benedict Cumberbatch trolls on this board are probably in mourning, if they have not already slashed their wrists.
Seriously, that advertising campaign, especially that AWFUL and very sanctimonious tv commercial, where BC bellows something out (I forgot already) was among the worst tv ads EVER for a film.
Benedict is rather peculiar looking and this subject matter better suited for cable tv.
He's ugly as fuck.
I'm a fan but I can't say I'm surprised. There was virtually no audience or appetite for this movie. It's a setback for him to be sure but at least he's got other projects coming up that he can focus on and move past this.
No one in the US really gave a shit about Assange to begin with.
R6, R8 and R9 explain it all. Who got the idea a film about that Assange nob was interesting to anybody is plainly really fucking good at concealing how coked up they are in pitch meetings.
Yet people cared about 'The Social Network'?
r1 is right. Whoever is trying to make Benedict Cucumber happen needs to stop. He is not special.
Are you kidding me, R11? Of course they do. Hundreds of millions of people are users and it's a part of our culture in an extremely pervasive way. The same can't be said of Wikileaks.
This Cumberbitch will never forgive him for his negative portrayal of Julian Assange. Did it not occur to him that most of his fans LIKE Assange and would resent his participation in a film that insults Assange?
The movie is nothing more than a CIA-sanctioned potboiler. It has two fictional US spymaster characters played by Laura Linney and Stanley Tucci that, as David Edelstein pointed out, "seem as if they're inserted per a State department request."
Assange is not perfect, but he's also no monster (contrary to what the relentless character assassination efforts by Western powers would have us believe). I'm glad this movie bombed.
Bill Condon is a hack anyway. He completely fucked up the Dreamgirls movie.
I love how the original article is trying to make out the Cumberbatch is the main reason to see 12 Years a Slave.
I posted this on another thread so sorry about the repetition, but the only reason I can think of that this got such a wide release is that the distributor wanted to cash in on the free publicity Julian Assange gave it. It's such a little niche film I never expected it to open in a regular multiplex. I thought it would open in December for a couple of weeks in a couple of art houses in New York and L.A. in order to qualify it for an Oscar and then go straight to Netflix.
Benedict is wonderful in it as usual, but the movie itself is not up to much.
I think the cost of the movie is what forced it to expand into a wider release, r17. Recouping a $30 million budget plus marketing requires a lot of tickets sold. It really should have been made for a lot less than that.
I'm not sure anyone could've done better with Dreamgirls. It's always had second act problems.
It would have been tempting to see a film where Cumberbatch looked like an albino Siamese cat in humanoid drag (he looked truly hilarious in the publicity shots...) but who wants to sit through a film about Assange?
How is the film doing overseas?
I was afraid the white blond hair would be a turnoff.
[quote] He's ugly as fuck.
You ain't kidding!
The Fifth Estate took £502,500 in its opening weekend in the UK.
Benedict has a lot of haters because he comes off as so oblivious, entitled and overprivileged in some interviews. And because his online fandom is so obnoxious. If you don't believe me, read the #BenedictCumberbatch hashtag on Twitter any time he loses an acting award. The histrionics border on obscene and many, many people on Tumblr, Twitter, etc. think he's grossly overrated. No one but his most ardent stans wanted to see this one, so I'm not surprised it bombed.
I can understand people who like him taking an active interests in his career and success, but what I don't understand are the people who don't like him investing so much energy into hating him. There are stars I dislike but I don't waste my energy actively following their career. I try my best to ignore them. It seems these people are even more obsessed (and pathetic) as they think the Cumberbitches are.
Bill Condon is no David Fincher.
R26: It's pretty easy to actively hate actors who are forcefully jammed down the public's throat.
One could argue that Benedict's current and future products are a testament to his talent; however, he's not particularly talented or attractive...so all the hype is a little odd.
If a movie doesn't make a lot of money, it's not very good. Is that right?
Gimme Tom Hiddleston over Cumberbatch any day.
Not necessarily. Citizen Kane which was voted the best movie of all time did not make a lot if money. I'm sure this movie is not on that level... I guess the "posh" thing must be a British thing. Because compared to the things Mel Gibson has said Benedict's Comments are benign. Maybe he comes across to the British like Gwyneth comes off to us Americans, but she's just annoying not worth hating.
R28 is right. It's less about hating the individual and more about hating the relentless PR campaign that can't take "no, thanks, I'll pass" for an answer.
[quote]he comes across to the British like Gwyneth comes off to us Americans, but she's just annoying not worth hating
Yes, he is a male British Gwyneth. I don't think people really hate him, but there's no "annoyed" equivalent of "haters."
R26, this the Datalounge. Our raison d'etre is - Gay Gossip, Politics and Pointless Bitchery.
If that doesn't work for you, that's fine but it works for us.
Forgive me for trying to inject some logic and reason.
As I pointed out, R35, we're here to talk gossip, politics and be pointlessly bitchy.
You obviously don't enjoy that. That's fine, I just don't know why you're here. No one invited you here. We're not interested in being nannied by you. Why are you interested in nannying us?
Just sharing my views just like you.
[quote]If that doesn't work for you, that's fine but it works for us.
What is this "us" business?
So glad my intense work schedule forced me to pass on this project.
I would look amazing as a platinum blond, though.
Aside from the Cumberbitches, the rest of the world finds him exceedingly fugly and can't understand why studios are putting him in all their movies.
I feel sorry for Daniel Bruhl -- have always liked him, think he's a terrific actor, charismatic and appealing -- but I suspect it'll be Cumberbatch and Condon who'll get the most criticisms for the film's flopdom.
His name is already complicated enough, but now we have to call him "Benedict 'Straight to Video' Cumberbatch"? Or "Benedict 'Box Office Poison' Cumberbatch"?
It's not an interesting story. He released some gossipy stuff diplomats said. Then he real eased information that was so not shocking - civilians die in war. Like we didn't know that. We knew an American soldier brought his soldier pals into an Iraqi home, raped a 14 year old and killed her family long before Assange released information about civilians being killed in Afghanistan. Neither bit if information ended the war in those countries.
So what's the point? He didn't revolutionize anything or tell the world anything it didn't know. Wars continue and bankers are still stealing from us.
I just don't get all the fuss over this guy. He is an average actor and reasonably ugly.
He is making too many films, popping up all over the place. Here in the UK we have no interest in Assange or a boring film about him. Hopefully Benedict's Alan Turing one will fare better and will be a good lead role for him, rather than all these cameos. We want to see him back as Sherlock too.
But he needs to take a rest,
I think Cumberbatch is very talented, but he is not a star whose name means ticket sales.
He's another example of an actor who gets some buzz around him, and film executives, talent management, and publicists who are always desperate to discover the "next big thing" wind up pushing someone onto the public as a "star" before he's had a chance to build a real following (the Cumberbitches are probably not that large in number).
Remember when Hollywood tried to turn Orlando Bloom into a start just from his relatively small role in LOTR?
His Cumberbitches annoy me.
Don't really care for the guy but I'm very excited for his role in The Hobbit; he is THE voice of Smaug.
How the fuck does a dragon speak English?
I wonder if Assange is secretly disappointed that the movie flopped?
Is this movie an even bigger flop than The Lone Ranger?
I saw it and thought it was okay. Definitely should've been an indie budget film with a limited release. I'm a fan of Cumberbatch and had wondered what was the big deal to hype him up the movie up as the MUST-SEE movie of year. Please, we already had that (Star Trek Into Darkness) and coming up, the 2nd Hobbit movie.
I'm with you R48, I also wonder if Assange's disappointed? Well, he has time to make his own version if he wants.
Yep. He's going for high-profile character actor, not leading man, judging by his projects. You don't become a leading man off bio-style films.
I guess the film-makers is that while Assange may figure himself to be a "freedom fighter", he just isn't that likeable. Plus Americans who have heard of him are probably familiar with the alleged Swedish charges and him hiding in the Ecuadorian embassy. Following his stunts online for free is probably enough for them. A film about Snowden would do just as poorly.
Yeah, the movie could have been amazing all the way around and I don't think it would have mattered.
We Steal Secrets, the Wiki documentary, got a shitton of praise and is considered an Oscar contender but bombed by even docu standards, only making a little over 100K (it cost 2 million to make). The interest just isn't there.
Cumberbatch will likely have a long and good career as the odd type of casting, ala Firth and Buscemi, as long as he doesn't have a string of bombs to add to this one. Condon and Singer are taking most of the heat for TFE.
Most people don't know really who he in the US still and Dreamworks knew that going in. They plowed ahead with a wider release as a 'whatever we can get' cash grab once they realized the script wasn't award bait.
Bear in mind, DW's social media research would have glazed Tumblr but not relied on it. Tumblr's considered some fringe shit that doesn't truly represent the public (segments of say 100k people reblogging a post ≠ millions of people in the US alone).
A bit of gossip: I keep hearing Cumberbatch is tied up from January to March but no one knows on what. Not Star Wars or any other already rumored projects.
Thanks R54 for that bit of Cumberbatch gossip!
For a movie with so much advance hype, this did not deliver at all. Oh well.