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16 Oscar Nominees Who Had Their Forgettable Films Unceremoniously Dumped On Oscar Weekend

By Dustin Rowles | Box Office Round-Ups | February 25, 2013 | Comments ()


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Over the weekend, Hollywood once again used a little-trafficked Oscar weekend to dump a few movies into the marketplace that weren't really expected to gain much traction. Keri Russel's Dark Skies did very poorly, debuting at number six with an anemic $8.5 million. Meanwhile, Identity Theft reclaimed its spot at number one after a week's absence. The Melissa McCarthy/Jason Bateman flick is clearly the hit of the dead season, as it approaches $100 million. A Good Day to Die Hard, meanwhile, is already tumbling, falling 60 percent to number five, adding only $10 million in its second weekend. in fact, it fell behind Nicholas Sparks' Safe Haven, while Escape from Planet Earth ($11 million) fell only 30 percent, benefiting from being the only animated fare in multiplexes at the moment.

The other debut this was Snitch featuring The Rock, which opened at number two with a lackluster $13 million. It also featured Oscar winner Susan Sarandon, which represents the kind of irony I love: Oscar winners having their films dumped into theaters on Oscar weekend.

Here are 16 other examples of that.

Vantage Point (Forest Whitaker) -- $22 million

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Brooklyn's Finest (Don Cheadle, Ethan Hawke) -- $13.5 million

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Heartbreakers (Gene Hackman, Sigourney Weaver) -- $11 million

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Cursed (Jessie Eisenberg) -- $9.6 million

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Man of the House (Tommy Lee Jones) -- $8.9 million

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Twisted (Sam Jackson, Andy Garcia) -- $8.9 million

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View from the Top (Gwyneth Paltrow, Mark Ruffalo) -- $7.9 million

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Drive Angry (Nic Cage) -- $5.1 million

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The Astronaut Farmer (Billy Bob Thornton, Virginia Madsen) -- $4.4 million

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Be Kind, Rewind (Michel Gondry) -- $4 million

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Comments Are Welcome, Bigots and Trolls Are Not


  • frankly

    This post is worth viewing for the photoshop disasters alone.

  • I barely remember these movies. :|

  • Pookie

    Rock should have kept with playing ball.

  • Kobie

    Heartbreakers was great.

  • Kobie

    I detested Be Kind Rewind.

  • Strand

    That Vantage Point poster is hilarious, what region is that?

  • denesteak

    Man, I fucking loved Heartbreakers and Be Kind, Rewind.

  • dizzylucy

    I don't remember hearing about Dark Skies before, so I looked it up - only cost $3.5 million to make. That sure takes the sting off a low opening.

    Surely someone had dirt on Tommy Lee Jones to get him to make that, right?

  • 'A little bit of Barry Pepper makes everything a little better'

  • AudioSuede

    Aw, I love Be Kind Rewind.

  • dagnabbit

    I love that movie too! Though, I kind of wish Jack Black wasn't in it. Mos Def on the other hand was spot-on.

  • Bert_McGurt

    Me four. And that's in SPITE of Jack Black.

  • BendinIntheWind

    Yes! I was hoping to find refuge in the comments. It went a bit ff the rails at the end, but I thought it was a really sweet, original film.

  • Bender The robot

    came here just to say that

  • mikki

    Ditto - I thought it was so creative!

  • Jon

    can we take a moment and just bask in the awfulness of every single one of those posters? haha. Were they all made in Paintbrush? yikes.

  • kirivinokur

    Worst: Heartbreakers. Just awful.

  • Bert_McGurt

    The whole time I was wondering what was with all the sh*tty Photoshop. Everyone in GOOP's stupid movie looks to have Terence and Philip heads. Tommy Lee Jones is wearing two identical belts. And one of Forest Whitaker's eyes is all wonk- wait, f*ck. Scratch that last one.

  • Ofir Fishkin

    two things

    1.The "View from the Top" poster looks like worst Photoshop job ever.

    2.Are you sure "The Astronaut Farmer " is real?, it looks like a made up movie

  • katenonymous

    It is a real movie. I saw it because as a child I, too, wanted to build a rocket ship in my backyard. I never did, because I'm in real life and not in a movie. The movie is god-awful, and all I remember is Billy Bob Thornton trying to get bank loans for his rocket. And his last name is Farmer, which doesn't help. And IMDB tells me that the son was "Shepard Farmer" which I find implausible. My childhood feels totally betrayed by this movie.

  • Fabius_Maximus

    1. They pasted Paltrow's face onto the body, didn't they?

  • Bert_McGurt

    They pasted EVERYBODY'S face onto the body. Although I think Rob Lowe might be a standee.

  • Fabius_Maximus

    Jesus, you're right. It's hideous.

  • catagisreading

    What the fuck is Astronaut Farmer and why haven't I seen it? That looks amazing.

  • Niksterino

    Both Jim Carrey and Richard Gere were never nominated for an Oscar.

  • I think Richard Gere was nominated for Chicago

  • emmalita

    He was one of the only people not nominated.

  • pajiba

    Oh, man. You're right. But that doesn't make any damn sense. How was Jim Carrey not nominated for The Truman Show or Eternal Sunshine? WHERE IS THE JUSTICE? Richard Gere? I dunno. Just seemed like one of those guys that probably should've been nominated at some point. GOD, DUSTIN. HOW HARD IS IT TO LOOK UP?

  • Kballs

    And you're well short of 16 examples. DO MORE WORK!!!!

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