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WikiLeaks drama starring Benedict Cumberbatch records worst takings-to-budget ratio in past year, says Forbes

The Fifth Estate: soft on Assange, short on excitement

Mark Kermode reviews The Fifth Estate

WikiLeaks drama The Fifth Estate, starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Julian Assange, has been named the year's biggest movie disappointments 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 (£3.6m) of its relatively meagre $28m (£17.1m) 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 »

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