DaveO over at OP-FOR has a great post about the gargantuan flop of the much-ballyhooed “The Fifth Estate”. The absolute killer line is the last one, where he links to the story of REAL heroes.
I don’t plan to see the movie, even though I absolutely cannot get enough of Laura Linney (on screen at least).
Hollywood, famous for redefining accounting and corporate welfare even as it preaches the gospels of paying taxes and political correctness, periodically redefines The Hero. Today in America, Hollywood provides essentially four choices, with each being a parody of reality: First, there’s the Comic Book Super Hero, then there is the un-male nothing-burger, followed by the clown. and lastly the something that Hollywood’s present cadre of super-geniuses can’t pull off: the Anti-Hero. The Hollywood elite are at least as talented as Richard Brooks and Burt Lancaster in Elmer Gantry, because they tell us they are. So why is Hollywood’s worship of Julian Assange and Edward Snowden such a miserable failure?
Placing #6 is DreamWorks Studios’ The Fifth Estate flopping worse than forecast with only $700K for Friday and just a $2M weekend even factoring its low 1,769 theatre count. The per screen average looks to be $1,102 meaning each location is playing nearly empty.