It’s not a happy morning for Ben Affleck, Justin Timberlake or Fox. “Runner Runner” opens today with an astonishingly low score on Rottentomatoes.com The film has an 11% rating with 54 negative reviews and 7 positive ones. That low a number might be surmounted if the weekend weren’t packed with good films. “Gravity” has a 98%– just about perfect– and could score a $40 million opening. It may do even better than that and deservedly so.
Both “Parkland” and “ACOD” have decent 47, 48s. I really liked “Parkland” but it has nothing behind it– no marketing or publicity, no effort. It’s too bad became James Badge Dale and a number of others are quite good in it. “ACOD” — which I haven’t seen– is actually based on real people. I know some of them. It sounds entertaining.
“Runner Runner” is written by two smart, talented guys– Brian Koppleman and David Levien. They wrote “Rounders” and “Oceans Thirteen,” among other things. They will rise again, certainly. But it sounds like “Runner Runner” is heading to the dustbin.