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The Fifth Estate Opens As The Worst Debut Of 2013

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10/20/2013 9:21 pm
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The Fifth Estate Opens As The Worst Debut Of 2013

Shelby Parker

Staff Writer

Benedict Cumberbatch’s The Fifth Estate didn’t exactly turn out the way he was probably hoping for. It opened this weekend as the worst debut of 2013 at the box office. The film is a thriller that is based on real events that focuses on the “deceptions and corruptions of power that turned an Internet upstart into the 21st century’s most fiercely debated organization.” It’s based on WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange and his colleague as they work together to become the “underground watchdogs of the privileged and powerful.” According to Entertainment Weekly, when asked whether he was worried about whether Assange would attack the new film, he just responded with, “The Cumberbitches have got my back.” His fans might be famous for their support on Tumblr, but it didn’t translate to the box office. The movie earned $1.7 million from the 1,769 theaters it was playing in, which is the worst debut for a film that has opened in 1,500 theaters this year, at least. That might seem like a lot of money, but in comparison to other films that haven’t exactly done the best, it isn’t good. Movie 43 made $4.8 million, which is almost three times more than The Fifth Estate. Getaway starring Ethan Hawke and Selena Gomez even made $4.5 million back in August. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone also made $9.8 million for their new action film, Escape Plan, just this weekend, which is almost six times more than The Fifth Estate. However, 12 Years a Slave might be Cumberbatch’s saving grace. There was a limited release over the weekend in only 19 theaters, which appears to have made $960,000. Luckily for Cumberbatch, it looks like there has been plenty of talk about the possibility of it being Oscar worthy, too. Hopefully that pays off a little more than The Fifth Estate did.


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