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The Fifth Estate (2013)

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $3,254,172Details
International Box Office $2,900,000Details
Worldwide Box Office $6,154,172
Home Market Performance
Est. Domestic DVD Sales $1,564,335 Details
Est. Domestic Blu-ray Sales $608,470 Details
Total Est. Domestic Video Sales $2,172,805
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  3. Box Office
  4. International
  5. Video Sales
  6. Full Financials
  7. Cast & Crew
  8. Trailer


Triggering our age of high-stakes secrecy, explosive news leaks and the trafficking of classified information, WikiLeaks forever changed the game. Now, in a dramatic thriller based on real events, “The Fifth Estate” reveals the quest to expose the deceptions and corruptions of power that turned an Internet upstart into the 21st century’s most fiercely debated organization. The story begins as WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and his colleague Daniel Domscheit-Berg team up to become underground watchdogs of the privileged and powerful. On a shoestring, they create a platform that allows whistleblowers to anonymously leak covert data, shining a light on the dark recesses of government secrets and corporate crimes. Soon, they are breaking more hard news than the world’s most legendary media organizations combined. But when Assange and Berg gain access to the biggest trove of confidential intelligence documents in U.S. history, they battle each other and a defining question of our time: what are the costs of keeping secrets in a free society—and what are the costs of exposing them?"


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Movie Details

Production Budget:$26,000,000
Domestic Releases: October 18th, 2013 (Wide) by Walt Disney
Video Release: January 28th, 2014 by Walt Disney Home Entertainment
MPAA Rating: R for language and some violence.
(Rating bulletin 2286, 8/21/2013)
Running Time: 128 minutes
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Keywords: News, Investigative Journalist, Internet, Non-Chronological, Epilogue, Political, Iraq War, Government Corruption, Whistleblowers
Source:Based on Real Life Events
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Dramatization
Production Companies: Touchstone Pictures, DreamWorks Pictures, Participant Media, Anonymous Content, Reliance Entertainment
Production Countries: United States

Leading Cast

   Julian Assange
   Daniel Domscheit-Berg
   Brigitta Rushbridger

Supporting Cast

Anthony Mackie    Sam Coulson
David Thewlis    Nick Davies
Peter Capaldi    Alan Rushbridge
Dan Stevens    Ian Katz
Alicia Vikander    Anke Domscheit-Berg
Stanley Tucci    James Boswell
Laura Linney    Sarah Shaw

For a description of the different acting role types we use to categorize acting perfomances, see our Glossary.

Production and Technical Credits

Josh Singer    Screenwriter
Daniel Domscheit-Berg    Story Creator
David Leigh    Story Creator
Luke Harding    Story Creator
Steve Golin    Producer
Michael Sugar    Producer
Richard Sharkey    Executive Producer
Paul Green    Executive Producer
Jeff Skoll    Executive Producer
Jonathan King    Executive Producer
Tobias Schliessler    Director of Photography
Mark Tildesley    Production Designer
Virginia Katz    Editor
Shay Cunliffe    Casting Director
Carter Burwell    Composer
Jack Morrisey    Co-Producer
Greg Yolen    Co-Producer
Hilde de Laere    Co-Producer
Emmeline Yang    Co-Producer

The bold credits above the line are the "above-the-line" credits, the other the "below-the-line" credits.

DVD and Blu-ray Releases for January 28th, 2014

January 28th, 2014

There are a large number of first run releases coming out this week on the home market, five in total. This is a huge amount. This week, the latest season of Downton Abby also comes out on the home market, and it is the best selling new release of the week, at least according to So at the top, it is a really busy week. On the other hand, there's very little depth. Beyond those six releases, there's not a lot to talk about. Out of all of the movies on this week's list, Rush is the best movie, but the DVD and Blu-ray Combo Pack are only good and not great. On the other hand, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 on Blu-ray or 3D Blu-ray is the best total package. Meanwhile, I finally got a chance to review Carrie (the screener arrived late) and it was better than I thought it would be and the Blu-ray Combo Pack is worth picking up, especially if you haven't seen the original movie. More...

Weekend Wrap-Up: Bad Grandpa Makes Box Office Look Good

October 29th, 2013

The month long slump 2013 has been on is finally over, thanks in part to Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa. However, the overall box office still wasn't that good, as it was down slightly from last weekend to $102 million. Granted, "slightly" in this case means a fraction of 1%, so it isn't troubling. On the other hand, it was 10% higher than the same weekend last year. Unfortunately, year-to-date, 2013's lead over 2012 has shrunk to just $50 million or 0.6% at $8.49 billion to $8.44 billion. In fact, 2013 has not sold less tickets than 2012 had at this point in its run. That's not good and it is unlikely things will turn around in the coming few weeks. More...

Weekend Wrap-Up: Another Orbit for Gravity

October 22nd, 2013

As expected, Gravity remained on top of the weekend box office chart for the third weekend it a row. It became the first film released in 2013 to earn the hat trick, and very likely the last. Unfortunately, two of the three wide releases missed expectations, which hurt the overall box office numbers. Compared to last week, the overall box office was down by 11% to $103 million. Compared to last year, the box office was down 35%. Ouch. 2013 is still ahead of 2012's pace, but by less than 1% at $8.36 billion to $8.29 billion. More...

Weekend Estimates: Gravity Floats to Third Weekend Win

October 20th, 2013

Gravity will become the first film in 2013 to win three straight three-day weekends, according to studio estimates released on Sunday. With $31 million expected, the film is down just 28% from last weekend and has reached a formidable $170.5 million. That puts in in the top 10 for the year, with plenty more to come. Fellow Oscar-hopefuls 12 Years a Slave, All is Lost and Kill Your Darlins are the other films making waves this weekend (literally in one case). More...

Weekend Predictions: Will Gravity Remain Out of Reach of New Releases?

October 18th, 2013

There are two wide releases this week, Carrie and Escape Plan. However, neither film is earning critical praise and neither film is expected to be a breakout hit. There is a third film opening semi-wide, The Fifth Estate, but despite being clearly made for Oscars, its reviews are worse than the two more mainstream releases. It looks like Gravity will have no trouble earning the hat trick at the box office. It should also earn more than last year's winner, Paranormal Activity 4. Unfortunately, last year had much better depth than this year will have, so 2013 will likely lose yet again in the year-over-year comparison. More...

2013 Preview: October

October 1st, 2013

October is an awkward month. It sits between the dumping ground that is September and November, the unofficial start of Awards Season / holiday blockbuster season. For the most part, September was stronger than average for the month and there's reason to be optimistic going forward. After all, box office success tends to feed on itself, as does box office struggles. That said, there are not a lot of sure hits over the coming four weeks. Of the nine or ten films opening wide this month, only Gravity has a better than 50/50 chance at $100 million. Captain Phillips could have a shot at the century mark, but only if it becomes a serious Awards Season player. Its early reviews suggest that could be a possibility. Last October, there were two films to reach the $100 million mark, Taken 2 and Argo. On the other hand, pretty much everything else that opened that month crashed and burned. While this October doesn't have as strong a top end, it will hopefully have much better depth. More...

Domestic Cumulative Box Office Records

Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
2013/10/18 8 $1,673,351   1,769 $946   $1,673,351 1
2013/10/25 14 $570,890 -66% 1,769 $323   $2,848,356 2
2013/11/01 39 $33,065 -94% 111 $298   $3,187,996 3
2013/11/08 55 $11,827 -64% 23 $514   $3,218,100 4
2013/11/15 50 $16,265 +38% 80 $203   $3,240,547 5
2013/11/22 73 $3,170 -81% 16 $198   $3,251,914 6
2013/11/29 72 $698 -78% 6 $116   $3,254,172 7

Daily Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2013/10/18 7 $589,301   1,769 $333   $589,301 1
2013/10/19 10 $685,040 +16% 1,769 $387   $1,274,341 2
2013/10/20 9 $399,010 -42% 1,769 $226   $1,673,351 3
2013/10/21 9 $147,210 -63% 1,769 $83   $1,820,561 4
2013/10/22 9 $187,601 +27% 1,769 $106   $2,008,162 5
2013/10/23 9 $142,932 -24% 1,769 $81   $2,151,094 6
2013/10/24 9 $126,372 -12% 1,769 $71   $2,277,466 7
2013/10/25 - $174,046 +38% 1,769 $98   $2,451,512 8
2013/10/26 - $239,072 +37% 1,769 $135   $2,690,584 9
2013/10/27 - $157,772 -34% 1,769 $89   $2,848,356 10
2013/10/28 - $66,278 -58% 1,769 $37   $2,914,634 11
2013/10/29 - $87,341 +32% 1,769 $49   $3,001,975 12
2013/10/30 - $72,443 -17% 1,769 $41   $3,074,418 13
2013/10/31 - $80,513 +11% 1,769 $46   $3,154,931 14

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
2013/10/18 9 $2,277,466   1,769 $1,287   $2,277,466 1
2013/10/25 13 $877,465 -61% 1,769 $496   $3,154,931 2
2013/11/01 35 $51,342 -94% 111 $463   $3,206,273 3
2013/11/08 44 $18,009 -65% 23 $783   $3,224,282 4
2013/11/15 47 $24,462 +36% 80 $306   $3,248,744 5
2013/11/22 68 $4,730 -81% 16 $296   $3,253,474 6

Weekly US DVD Sales

DateRankUnits this Week% ChangeTotal UnitsSpending this WeekTotal SpendingWeeks in Release
2/2/20141918,256 18,256$364,937$364,9371

Weekly US Blu-ray Sales

DateRankUnits this Week% ChangeTotal UnitsSpending this WeekTotal SpendingWeeks in Release
2/2/2014198,227 8,227$208,647$208,6471

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