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The Imitation Game (2014)

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Benedict Cumberbatch in The Imitation Game

Details Limited Release: Nov 21, 2014; Genre: Drama; With: Benedict Cumberbatch, Charles Dance and Keira Knightley; Distributor: The Weinstein Company

From Steve Jobs to Mark Zuckerberg, we've seen our share of Silicon Valley biopics. Now Alan Turing, the brilliant mathematician who arguably paved the way for modern tech titans, gets his moment of prestige-pic glory. The Imitation Game is partly set during WWII as Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch) and his team of proto-hackers race to break the Nazis' Enigma code. But it also traces Turing's repressed boarding-school years as well as his final days in the 1950s facing prosecution for homosexuality. Cumberbatch admittedly became fixated on Turing. The Sherlock star replicated the math whiz's stutter, attempted to learn how the elaborate code-breaking machine worked—''I tried my hardest, but it's friggin' hard,'' he says—and even began running like Turing, a world-class marathoner. ''Running in period shoes!'' he exclaims. ''That's the only thing I had actor grumbles about.'' Arch support may have been a tougher puzzle to solve than Enigma.
Originally posted Aug 14, 2014 Published in issue #1325-1326 Order article reprints
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Weekend of Sep 14 Box Office Source: Rentrak Corp.
Rank Title Weekend Gross* Weeks on Chart Cume. Gross* EW Grade
1.
No Good Deed
Screen Gems
$24.5 1 $24.5 C
2.
Dolphin Tale 2
Warner Bros.
$16.5 1 $16.5 C+
3.
Guardians of the Galaxy
Walt Disney Pictures
$8.0 7 $305.9 A-
4. $4.8 6 $181.0 C+
5. $4.3 5 $73.0 F
6.
The Drop
Fox Searchlight
$4.2 1 $4.2 B
7.
If I Stay
Warner Bros.
$4.0 4 $44.9 C-
8.
The November Man
Relativity
$2.7 3 $22.5 C
9.
The Giver
Weinstein Co.
$2.6 5 $41.3 C-
10.
The Hundred-Foot Journey
Walt Disney Pictures
$2.5 6 $49.4 B
* in millions

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