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Is the Justin Timberlake leading man experiment over?
Justin Timberlake is having a monster year musically. "The 20/20 Experience, Pt. 1 and Pt. 2" has been one of the few bright spots on the album charts this year and two huge hits on top 100 chart is nothing to sneeze at either. Surprisingly, his upcoming tour is doing just "good" (not amazing), but it's his movie career that's the problem. After a slew of quality supporting roles in films like "Alpha Dog" and "The Social Network," Timberlake has found it harder to transform into a viable leading man. "Friends with Benefits" did OK in the summer of 2011, but everyone assumed the flick's mediocre performance was due to the similarly themed "No Strings Attached" coming out six months earlier. Three months later, "In Time" bombed in the U.S., but broke even thanks to strong international numbers. Then things got dicey. Timberlake couldn't help "Trouble with the Curve" get to second base and this past weekend "Runner Runner" was an utter disaster opening with just $7.7 million. If you're a movie studio executive that's enough evidence to make you skittish on financing anything else with Timberlake in the lead. Of course, the Coens cast him in what turned out to be a perfectly played supporting role for the critically acclaimed "Inside Llewyn Davis." Hmmmm, supporting roles. Perhaps, JT will get the hint?