Wikileaks Drama Getting Hacked at the Box Office With Less than $3 Million
October 19, 2013
Originally posted on Variety:
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.