The Cumberbitches might have protected him from the wrath of Julian Assange, but they certainly didn’t come out to support Benedict Cumberbatch’s WikiLeaks drama The Fifth Estate.
The number crunchers at Forbes have released their list of 2013′s biggest film flops, and the high-profile film about the formative years of the whistleblowing site was top of the flops.
The Fifth Estate opened the Toronto International Film Festival and was considered an Oscar shoo-in. But negative reviews and audience indifference sank the Cumberbatch-led film. The drama cost $28 million to produce (source Box Office Mojo) and took in $8 million at the global box office.
That’s a hard pill to swallow. But Cumberbatch’s rep will get a much-needed rebound when he appears as Smaug in next month’s Hobbit sequel.
Surprisingly, Johnny Depp’s Lone Ranger misfire didn’t make Forbes’ list (it actually made money worldwide). But the rest of the top 10 is riddled with familiar names like Sylvester Stallone, Harrison Ford, Mark Wahlberg, Jennifer Lopez and Jason Statham.
Sylvester Stallone came in second place with Bullet to the Head (yeah, I don’t remember that one either), while Harrison Ford and The Hunger Games’ Liam Hemsworth teamed up for the forgettable Paranoia.
Jason Statham and J.Lo were in fourth place with Parker, and the Mark Wahlberg and Russell Crowe-thriller Broken City came in fifth.
That last one is particularly surprising considering Wahlberg’s Ted was one of 2012′s biggest films.
I was a little surprised that Ben Affleck-Justin Timberlake’s Runner Runner didn’t make the cut. Ditto, Stallone-Arnie’s forgettable Escape Plan. Like The Lone Ranger, they both turned a profit worldwide.
Forbes’ top 10 box office turkeys of 2013
1. The Fifth Estate
2. Bullet to the Head
5. Broken City
6. Battle of the Year
10. The Big Wedding