Wikileaks movie ‘The Fifth Estate’ named 2013’s biggest box office flop by Forbes

Benedict Cumberbatch flick has returned only 21% of its budget, say reports

The Wikileaks biopic The Fifth Estate has been named as 2013’s biggest box office flop by Forbes magazine.

The financial publication revealed that the film, which stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Julian Assange and was directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker Bill Condon, only took $6 million (£3.6 million) at the box office and, subsequently, made a return of just 21% on its $28 million (£17.1 million) budget.

The Sylvester Stallone action flick Bullet To The Head was in second place after taking $9 million (£5.52 million) on a budget of $25 million (£15.3 million) for a return of 36%, while the thriller Paranoia starring Harrison Ford and Gary Oldman was in third after making a return of just 39% with takings of $13.5 million (£8.2 million) from a $35 million (£21.4 million) budget.

Parker, the heist thriller starring British actor Jason Statham and Jennifer Lopez, was the year’s fourth biggest flop after recouping only 49% of its production costs at the box office, while the presence of Mark Wahlberg and Russel Crowe wasn’t enough to stop Broken City coming in fifth after making just a 54% return.

Forbes’ Top 10 Box Office Flops Of 2013 is as follows:

1. The Fifth Estate – 21% return
2. Bullet To The Head – 36% return
3. Paranoia – 39% return
4. Parker – 49% return
5. Broken City – 54% return
6. Battle Of The Year – 55% return
7. Getaway – 58% return
8. Peeples – 60% return
9. RIPD – 60% return
10. The Big Wedding 63%