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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 |


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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Dustin is the founder and co-owner of Pajiba. You may email him here or follow him on Twitter.


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