Did Assange kill WikiLeaks ‘The Fifth Estate’ movie?
Published: October 23, 2013 09:37AM
Updated: October 22, 2013 01:11PM
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Julian Assange WikiLeaks founder leaves the Supreme Court in London, in this, Feb. 1, 2012 file photo. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

So, that Julian Assange movie is officially a flop. The Internet is abuzz with theories about why “The Fifth Estate” bombed at the box office, bringing in a minuscule $1.7 million on opening weekend. Maybe no one cares about WikiLeaks, or Benedict Cumberbatch-as-Assange can’t carry a movie. The most-posed theory: The real-life Julian Assange’s attempted takedown could have been the deciding factor. A look at how the WikiLeaks founder launched his own personal anti-”Fifth Estate” campaign this month:

Oct. 10 • Assange writes a long open letter to Cumberbatch: “I believe you are a good person, but I do not believe that this film is a good film,” and adds that the movie is riddled with errors.

Oct. 13 • According to the Hollywood Reporter, Assange tells the Hollywood Foreign Press Association the movie is “doomed to fail because its anti-WikiLeaks stance doesn’t give moviegoers the kind of underdog story they want.”

Oct. 20 • WikiLeaks releases its own version of events, posting a free download of the documentary “Mediastan” as competition, the Hollywood Reporter says.

No gloating reaction yet from Assange.