Wikileaks Drama Getting Hacked at the Box Office

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'Fifth Estate' could open to weak $2 million; 'Gravity' should stay No. 1 with $30 million

The mystery of Julian Assange continues as DreamWorks’ Wikileaks drama “The Fifth Estate” looks to be all but M.I.A. at the box office. Bill Condon’s tech-themed feature could spill only $2.4 million worth of secrets this weekend, according to insiders, for one of the worst wide openings of the year.

The Wikileaks drama, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, has a per-screen-average of $1,355 Friday evening — that’s the second-worst per-screen take of 2013 behind the Ed Harris submarine bomb “Phantom” ($454 per/screen).

Yet the movie has sparked interest in this year’s other Wikileaks film, “We Steal Secrets: The Wikileaks Story,” which rose to No. 5 on the iTunes chart Friday. Alex Gibney’s acclaimed documentary, distributed by Universal and Focus World, seems to be benefiting from favorable mentions of the doc in the media’s negative “Fifth Estate” coverage.

Co-starring Daniel Bruhl (“Rush”), “The Fifth Estate” was produced for $30 million by DreamWorks and Participant Media and distributed by Disney.

Meanwhile, “Gravity” should land on top for the third consecutive weekend with $30 million. MGM’s “Carrie” remake, starring Chloe Moretz, is No. 2, currently looking at $21 million, though strong latenight sales could increase the weekend total.

As Variety mentioned earlier this week, Alfonso Cuaron’s “Gravity” has a legitimate chance of sweeping the No. 1 position in October in what has already been a record-breaking release for the Warner Bros. space drama.

As of Thursday, “Gravity” had grossed north of $210 million worldwide.

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  1. noladee says:

    I thought Benedict did an excellent job. It would be difficult to potray Julian A. IMO. Benedict was able to do it & he did! No one can really know Julian A. that well. The movie was NOT boring! Also, Benedict looked normal potraying Julian. I enjoyed the movie! Heard about wikileaks a few years ago. Wasn’t sure what it was. Now I know all the basics. Anyone can check on the internet about wikileaks & it is basically like what the movie potrayed it to be. Interesting. Julian did hide in London & was accused of sexual assualt. Both were said in the movie and on the internet.

  2. Laurie says:

    I can safely say that in addition to Julian Assanges comments about the film, the fact that Benedict Cumberbatch was made to look like a demented Andy Warhol did more to negatively affect this film than anything else. Whoever was responsible for that hideous wig should be shot; I had the overall impression, thruout, regardless of his performance, I was looking at a homicidal maniac!

  3. Francineyork says:

    I saw Gravity– It was a Mind blowing experience – and I have told all my friends to see it — I SEE NOMS HERE

  4. Chris Caine says:

    We Steal Secrets is 99c for the week, hence the rise up the charts.

  5. another hairy kardashian sister says:

    LOL no surprise whatsoever. this story interested the higher end of the media and chattering classes but the general public gave no fcks. I repeat, no fcks given. And thats why it was a non starter before it even began. I doubt your average Joe even knows what its about tbh.

  6. David says:

    Did they really think the Wikileak’s drama would play in Middle America? I don’t see how 12 years is going to become a big hit either, unless they position as essential viewing a la Schindler’s List. After seeing it today, I would recommend it to everybody, but the violence is pretty raw and hard to watch. Still, I’m rooting for it to become a hit.

    • CitizenTM says:

      12 YEARS will need to have Oscar noms (but will it get them?) in order to become a hit. But if it does, it could be the GHANDI of this year. Becoming a sleeper hit and history lesson.

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