Weekend Box Office: ‘End Of Watch’ and ‘House At The End Of The Street’ Tie

Reports claim that Hollywood was unable to choose a box office winner on Sunday as three films landed in the same range.

Final film order came down to Sunday late shows with Open Road’s End Of Watch occupying the first place. Photo: Open Road Films

Initial Jake Gyllenhaal-Michael Pena cop movie End of Watch and horror pic ‘House at the End of the Street’ initially topped the domestic box office earned $13 million, but later those estimates were proved wrong.

While the numbers are low – the top-12 films came up with an estimated $76 million, the third-lowest total of 2012 – the top three films could be considered a success, reports The Huffington Post.

The Lionsgate action film “Dredd” occupied the sixth place scoring just $6.3 million. Even last weekend’s champ, “Resident Evil: Retribution,” which fell 68 percent from its debut, earned more than “Dredd.”

However, the movie did manage to eclipse Paul Thomas Anderson’s Scientology-inspired The Master climbed up the box office chart, coming with $5 million for a 10-day domestic grossing $6.1 million.

The film, starring Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix and Amy Adams, opened last weekend in five thatres in New York and Los Angeles, writes The Hollywood Reporter.

“We’re doing tremendous busienss in the big markets, and good business in smaller markets as well,” said TWC’s president of distribution Erik Lomis.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower, starring Emma Watson and Logan Lerman, became popular at the specialty box office, earning $244,000 from four theaters in New York and Los Angeles for a stellar screen average of $61,000.

Documentary Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel brought to its producers $64,238 from three theaters for an average of $21,413.

For two weeks Roadside Attraction’s Richard Gere thriller Arbitrage holds its positions, grossing $1.3 million from 244 locations for a 10-day cume of $4 million.

Clint Eastwood’s new drama Trouble with the Curve brought its producers an estimated $12.7 million, generally in line with his other films but still a disappointing number.

Last year on the same weekend, Brad Pitt baseball drama Moneyball hit the theatres with the benefit of $19.5 million.

As Deadline.com’s Nikki Finke notes, Eastwood’s movie received an A-minus grade on Cinemascore, meaning audience word-of-mouth could be strong.

“Trouble With the Curve” debuted in step with previous Clint Eastwood films over the last 15 years. “Curve” almost the same amount as “Million Dollar Baby” did back in 2005.

However, the movie’s gross did pale in comparison to “Gran Torino,” as that film opened with $29 million three years ago. Eastwood’s film, his first onscreen appearance since “Gran Torino,” was predicted to win the box office with a gross near $18 million.

Warner Bros. president of domestic distribution Dan Fellman suggested there was no evidence that liberals stayed away from the movie in the wake of Eastwood’s mockery speech with an empty chair implying to be Barack Obama at the Republican National Convention.

Standing on the convention stage with an empty chair, Eastwood carried on a sometimes rambling conversation with an imaginary President Barack Obama. The Oscar-winning director of “Unforgiven” and “Million Dollar Baby” criticized Obama for failing to turn the economy around and for wanting to close the Guantánamo Bay prison for terror suspects.

“So Mr. President, how do you handle the promises you’ve made? What do you say?” Eastwood asked the imaginary Obama. “I know even some of the people in your party were disappointed you didn’t close Gitmo,” the Guantanamo prison.

He then proceeded to rankle Obama for his administration’s proposal to try Khalid Sheik Mohammed in New York, a plan from which he later backed down, and the war in Afghanistan, for which Romney has endorsed the same withdrawal timeline.

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