WikiLeaks drama starring Benedict Cumberbatch records worst takings-to-budget ratio in past year, says Forbes
WikiLeaks drama The Fifth Estate, starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Julian Assange, has been named the year’s biggest movie turkey by experts at financial magazine Forbes.
Bill Condon’s film about the early years of the whistleblowing site was tipped for awards season success prior to hitting cinemas. With the up-and-coming Cumberbatch in the lead, an Oscar-winning director and highly topical theme it had seemed like a shoo-in. But the film bombed with critics and later flopped at the box office. It has so far returned a mere $6m of its relatively meagre $28m budget, according to Forbes, a percentage of just 21%.
Cumberbatch need not take the news too harshly: the top 10 of flops assembled by the magazine ahead of the annual Thanksgiving holiday in the US is filled with numerous films featuring well known stars. In second place is the Sylvester Stallone action movie Bullet to the Head, which took just $9m on a budget of $25m, a return of 36%. With Stallone hot property once again thanks to the success of The Expendables movies and 48 Hours’ Walter Hill in charge of the cameras, producers had expected rather better returns.
Third place on the list went to corporate thriller Paranoia, starring Harrison Ford and Gary Oldman alongside The Hunger Games’ Liam Hemsworth. Despite all that star power, Robert Luketic’s film took just $13.5m at the global box office on a $35m budget, a return of only 39%. Fourth spot went to the Jason Statham/Jennifer Lopez heist thriller Parker, starring the British action stalwart as a professional thief vying to take revenge on his double-crossing crew. It managed to recoup just 49% of its production budget at the box office.
Mark Wahlberg was one of last year’s top box office draws with success in comedy Ted. But this year his thriller Broken City, in which he starred opposite Russell Crowe, was 2013’s fifth biggest turkey. Allen Hughes’ film earned just $19m on a $35m budget, a 54% return.
Full list of Forbes’ top 10 box office turkeys of 2013
1. The Fifth Estate – 21% return2. Bullet to the Head – 36% return3. Paranoia – 39% return4. Parker – 49% return5. Broken City – 54% return6. Battle of the Year – 55% return7. Getaway – 58% return8. Peeples – 60% return9. RIPD – 60% return10. The Big Wedding – 63% return
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READ IT: House Judiciary Committee releases report defining Trump impeachable offenses
On Saturday, the House Judiciary Committee released a report outlining the impeachable acts committed by President Donald Trump.
"Our President holds the ultimate public trust," said the report, titled "Constitutional Grounds for Presidential Impeachment," in its introduction. "A President faithful only to himself—who will sell out democracy and national security for his own personal advantage—is a danger to every American. Indeed, he threatens America itself."
The report clarifies the procedures for impeachment, analyzes whether president can be "impeached for abuse of executive powers," and "whether it is preferable to await the next election when a President has sought to corrupt that very same election."
Devin Nunes likely under federal investigation over foreign contacts after Parnas phone call revelation: ex-FBI official
On MSNBC's "AM Joy," former FBI Assistant Director for Counterintelligence Frank Figliuzzi speculated that Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) may already be under FBI investigation for his secret calls with indicted Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas.
"What do you make of the fact that the ranking member on the House Intelligence Committee, who participated in the Adam Schiff portion of the impeachment hearings, never said anything to anybody about the fact that he was not just the guy who's sitting on the dais, he was involved in some way with one of the players?" asked host Joy Reid.
"Well, it says a lot on two levels," said Figliuzzi. "It says a lot about Devin Nunes as an individual, his ethics, his integrity, and what he's all about. And then on a larger level, it's just a huge, ironic development that we're hearing all of this about — the Republicans are defending allegations that the president lacks integrity and ethics, and they're sitting there overseeing this and they're not recusing themselves, and they're not saying anything about their colleague, Devin Nunes. So, you know, the hypocrisy is loud and clear here. And eventually when the dust clears, Joy, I wouldn't be surprised if ethics investigations and perhaps even criminal investigations really point the finger at Nunes as someone who should have recused himself and is much deeper into this than we know now."
Trump hammered by ex-intel officials for sucking up to the Saudis after Florida naval base shooting
President Donald Trump is taking heat from former U.S. intelligence officials for taking a very soft tone with the Saudi government after Friday’s shooting at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Florida.
Not long after the shooter was identified as a second lieutenant in the Saudi Arabian military, the president tweeted out words of sympathy from the Saudi king after a phonecall, writing, "The King said that the Saudi people are greatly angered by the barbaric actions of the shooter, and that this person in no way shape or form represents the feelings of the Saudi people who love the American people."