By Anjelica Oswald
After first premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival, Robert Downey Jr.’s The Judge opened in theaters Friday to a disappointing weekend run at the box office.
Even with Downey’s name attached to the project and strong campaigning for the film, the $50 million movie made $4.4 million on its opening night and a total of $13.3 million as of Sunday. It fell fifth at the box office, behind David Fincher’s Gone Girl, which made $26.8 million during its second weekend; Dracula Untold and Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, which both opened this weekend; and Annabelle, which made $15.9 million during its second weekend.
Warner Bros. president of domestic distribution Dan Fellman said, “We’re a little disappointed in the results for The Judge, since we were hoping to do at least $15 million,” but word of mouth could help the film find its box office groove in the coming weeks.
The film is the first project produced by Team Downey, the production company Downey runs with his wife, Susan. The film also stars Robert Duvall and Vera Farmiga.
Successful runs at the box office can help films score a best picture Oscar nomination, like it did for The Blind Side (2009), but how well do best picture nominees do at the Oscars prior to the nominations?
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