How “Runner Runner” Could’ve Been Worse

Scoring terrible reviews from both critics and audiences, not to mention a dismal $7.7 million opening weekend total, the new Ben Affleck and Justin Timberlake-led thriller “Runner Runner” has already been written off as a bomb.

With a fairly tight $30 million budget, it won’t be too much of a financial disaster for New Regency though – especially as international grosses have already helped make its budget back after one week.

However, it has now come to light that the film could’ve been far worse than it actually is.

THR reports that at one point, the movie was reportedly in such bad shape that Affleck brought in “Argo” editor William Goldenberg to help credited editor Jeff McEvoy salvage what they could.

Goldenberg was said to have improved the final cut, even so the film only managed a ‘C’ CinemaScore, an 8% positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and a 37/100 on Metacritic.

There were numerous issues with the film. Sources claim the film’s director Brad Furman lost control of the movie during production. Affleck himself also wasn’t available to do much promotion for the film.