[Movies] Fifth Estate Director Says The Movie's Failure Was 'Extreme'
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 11.03.2013
Bill Condon discusses the film's downfall...
Among the big cinematic losers of 2013, the Julian Assange/Wikileaks feature The Fifth Estate has to be considered one of the big ones. The film had the worst big-scale opening weekend of 2013 with only $1.7 million in almost 1,800 theaters and has to date pulled in just $6.1 million worldwide on a budget of $28 million. And now, director Bill Condon has discussed the film's failure, which he labeled as "kind of extreme."
"We were all so excited [around the release date] because it was just in the news recently, but the opposite might be true, that it simply wore out its welcome and that there is something about Assange," Condon told EW. "I do think there's something about him that does not suggest an evening's entertainment."
He added, "It's so interesting because when something doesn't live up to expectations then, God, you really start second guessing if it was this little thing [you missed], but when something is as big a rout as this is — I mean truly there turned out to be no audience for it in a major way — it's kind of extreme, you know? It really does make you look at the bigger picture."