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The Ben Affleck-Justin Timberlake vehicle "Runner Runner" was a bummer bummer at the box office, scraping by with a $7.7 million opening and scoring a dismal 8% on Rotten Tomatoes. But according to a new story in The Hollywood Reporter, that disappointment wasn't much of a surprise for those involved in the production.
Anonymous sources told THR that "the poker thriller was in such bad shape that Affleck helped bring in his go-to film editor, William Goldenberg, to help credited editor Jeff McEvoy salvage the movie." Goldenberg won an Oscar for his work on Affleck's Best Picture winner "Argo," and THR reports that the editor "is said to have improved the final cut of the film."
But ultimately, the movie's problems were too many to overcome.
While studio New Regency claims that it was their idea, not Affleck's, to bring in Goldenberg, THR writes that "sources close to [first-time director Brad] Furman say he lost control of the movie during production," ultimately leading to the film's flopping and poor word-of-mouth.
For more about "Runner Runner"'s behind-the-scenes woes, check out THR's full report.