Wikileaks: Box-Office Flop

the_fifth_estate_posterDreamWorks’ Wikileaks drama “The Fifth Estate” looks to be a big flop at the box office. Bill Condon’s techno-themed feature could gross only $2 or $3 millions, for one of the worst wide openings of the year.

The Wikileaks drama, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, has a per-screen-average of $1,355 Friday evening, the second-worst per-screen take of 2013, behind the Ed Harris submarine bomb “Phantom” ($454 per/screen).

But the movie has sparked interest in this year’s other Wikileaks film, “We Steal Secrets: The Wikileaks Story,” which rose to No. 5 on the iTunes chart Friday. Alex Gibney’s acclaimed documentary, distributed by Universal and Focus World, is benefiting from favorable mentions of the doc in the media’s negative “Fifth Estate” coverage.

Co-starring Daniel Bruhl (“Rush”), “The Fifth Estate” was produced for $30 million by DreamWorks and Participant Media and distributed by Disney.