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The Fifth Estate tops list of 2013's movie flops

Fifth Estate

Story by Jack Foley

WikiLeaks drama The Fifth Estate, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, is the biggest film flop of 2013, according to business magazine Forbes.

The Julian Assange biopic took just $6 million (£3.7m) globally after costing a reported $28 million (£17m) to make, meaning it earned back only 21% of what it cost.

Sylvester Stallone’s Bullet To The Head and Harrison Ford’s legal thriller Paranoia (which has yet to receive a UK release) are ranked second and third in the top 10, while Jason Statham’s Parker and Mark Wahlberg’s political drama Broken City sit at fourth and fifth repectively.

The countdown also includes blockbuster flop R.I.P.D., starring Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges. The supernatural comedy saw only a 60% return on its $130m (£80m) budget. It charted at ninth.

Incredibly, there is no place in the top 10 for Disney’s The Lone Ranger, which is adjudged to have broken even despite its poor performance at the US box office and which is rumoured to have cost Disney $190 million.

The list does not take into account additional costs incurred for marketing, which the magazine claims can sometimes equal a film’s total budget.

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