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Benedict Cumberbatch Shares His Thoughts About The Fifth Estate's Box Office Failure

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12/10/2013 8:09 pm
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Benedict Cumberbatch Shares His Thoughts About The Fifth Estate's Box Office Failure
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Roxanne Powell

Staff Writer

The truth behind WikiLeaks has become so well-known that they made a film about it! The film, The Fifth Estate, was directed by Bill Condon, and stared Benedict Cumberbatch in the lead role of the WikiLeaks co-founder, Julian Assange. Yet, for all the screen time our lovely Cumberbatch received, the film ultimately flopped, earning back only 21% of its budget and receiving the title of biggest cinematic flop of the financial year. The Fifth Estate may not wow the masses, but Cumberbatch won’t let a few bad numbers bring him down. In a recent interview with Digital Spy, he revealed his opinions on the film’s flop. "I think it's a better film than many that have done better than it did at the box office, and why that's the case I don't know." "I can take a hit, in the sense that I've had good hits as well, but [box office] isn't why I do the work. I mean, of course there's a concern actors have about being bankable, but it hasn't seemed to affect the industry's interest in me or the offers I've had since." Cumberbatch’s role as the WikiLeaks co-founder, Assange, received a large amount of praise after the Toronto Film Festival screened The Fifth Estate in September earlier this year. Even though the film could not match its budget, this did not effect the success of its actors. "I've had very positive feedback about my work in that film, and if I was asked to do the job again, I'd do it," Cumberbatch added. "It's a fascinating character in an extraordinary period." This is certainly true! Cumberbatch has already begun filming Sherlock’s third series with fellow actor, Martin Freeman, who is reprising his role as Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug. That film will screen later this week, and feature Cumberbatch as the voice of Smaug.


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