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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Humanitarian volunteer says he won’t be deterred after facing charges in Arizona for helping migrants
We broadcast live from Tucson, Arizona, where the government recently put humanitarian activist Scott Warren on trial amid the ongoing policing of the U.S.-Mexico border, separation of families, and cruel and inhumane conditions at immigrant jails across the country. Warren, a longtime volunteer with the humanitarian aid group No More Deaths, was charged with three felony counts for his alleged crime of providing food, water and shelter to migrants in Ajo, Arizona. The immigrants had arrived at the doorstep of a humanitarian shelter after a perilous journey across the Sonoran Desert. At the same time, he and other volunteers also faced separate misdemeanor charges for leaving water jugs and food for migrants on a national wildlife refuge in the remote desert. The trial took eight days, and after hours of deliberation, the jury returned without a verdict. Eight found Scott Warren not guilty; the remaining four said he was. The government will now retry Warren in November. If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in prison. As he awaits his next trial, Scott Warren met us in the remote town of Ajo, Arizona, this weekend for his first trip in a year to leave water and food for migrants in the desert.
Trump tweets out bonkers conspiracy theory that Google ‘manipulated’ up to 16 million votes for Hillary Clinton
President Donald Trump on Monday tweeted out a bonkers conspiracy theory claiming that Google "manipulated" up to 16 million votes on behalf of former Democratic rival during the 2016 presidential election.
"Wow, Report Just Out!" the president wrote. "Google manipulated from 2.6 million to 16 million votes for Hillary Clinton in 2016 Election! This was put out by a Clinton supporter, not a Trump Supporter! Google should be sued. My victory was even bigger than thought!"
Wow, Report Just Out! Google manipulated from 2.6 million to 16 million votes for Hillary Clinton in 2016 Election! This was put out by a Clinton supporter, not a Trump Supporter! Google should be sued. My victory was even bigger than thought! @JudicialWatch
Trump’s economic adviser doesn’t see a recession coming — but he said the same thing in 2008
President Donald Trump's chief economic adviser insists there are no signs of a recession on the horizon -- but he's been staggeringly wrong before.
Larry Kudlow went on NBC's "Meet the Press" over the weekend to assure viewers that no economic downturn was coming, but the Washington Post's Aaron Blake pointed out that his track record for predictions was pitiful.
“Well, I’ll tell you what: I sure don’t see a recession,” Kudlow told host Chuck Todd. “So I think actually the second half, the economy’s going to be very good in 2019.”