The Fifth Estate

Budget: $28 million Financed by: DreamWorks; Participant Media
Domestic Gross: $3,225,008 Domestic Distributor: Disney (Touchstone)
Overseas Gross: $5,300,000
Directed by: Bill Condon
Benedict Cumberbatch
Produced by: Steve Golin

The Fifth Estate box officeIndian company Reliance’s investment in the ever troubled DreamWorks, took another blow with the box office catastrophe The Fifth Estate.  Distributed through Disney, DreamWorks co-financed the pic for $28 million with Participant Media, which is run by Ebay founder Jeff Skoll, with focus on activism and social issues through film.  The Fifth Estate was an awards hopeful when it premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, but mixed to poor reviews led to very low pre-release tracking.  The Fifth Estate opened in the US in 1,769 theaters to a miserable $1,673,351 with a per screen average of $946 — placing #8 for the weekend led by Gravity in its third session.  The pic tumbled 65.9% in its second weekend to $570,890 and promptly lost most of its theater count and ended its terrible run with only $3,225,008.  Overseas, the film did awful in every territory, accumulating only $5.3 million across multiple distributors.  Entertainment One distributed in the UK  and opened the film wide in 411 theaters to an awful $801,831 and it fell 76.1% in its second weekend to $191,412 and closed with $1,617,475 which posted the highest numbers for the overseas release.  The Fifth Estate was yet another setback for DreamWorks, which reduced its output in 2013 to only this film and Delivery Man.