End of Watch and House Finish Neck and Neck While Dredd Fizzles
Open Road’s action-drama End of Watch and Relativity Media’s horror-thriller House at the End of the Street finished the mediocre weekend at the North American box office essentially tied for first place with an estimated $13 million each, followed by the Warner Bros. father-daughter baseball melodrama Trouble With the Curve with $12.72 million.
However, it’s expected that once receipts are counted today, the Jake Gyllenhaal-starring End of Watch will stand alone in the top spot, something Deadline notes comes as somewhat of a surprise, given its R-rating and more limited release (2,730 theaters, versus 3,083 for House at the End of the Street and 3,212 for Trouble With the Curve, both of which can probably be considered disappointments for their respective studios).
But perhaps the real story is that Dredd 3D, which opened in first place in the United Kingdom, bombed in its U.S. premiere, finishing the weekend in sixth place with an estimated $6.3 million, behind Disney’s Finding Nemo 3D ($9.4 million) and Resident Evil: Retribution ($6.7 million).
The Top 10 was filled out by The Weinstein Company’s The Master ($5 million), Lionsgate’s The Possession ($2.6 million), The Weinstein Company’s Lawless ($2.3 million) and Focus Features’ ParaNorman ($2.2 million).