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Weekend Box-Office: September 21-23, 2012

Sep. 23, 2012by: Dave Davis

House at the End of Watch?

It was a reasonably quiet weekend at the box office, and four new wide releases wrestled for the attention of the few who ventured out to theaters.

At the moment there appears to be no clear "winner" (but one definite loser), and we won't know who's really at the top until tomorrow when the actual figures are counted. But it will likely come down to a matter of a few thousand bucks, as today's estimates have both the Jennifer Lawrence thriller HOUSE AT THE END OF THE STREET and the Jake Gyllenhaal/Michael Pena cop movie END OF WATCH tied at #1 with an unexceptional $13 million.

Relativity was undoubtedly hoping for a more sizeable chunk of THE HUNGER GAMES' audience to visit the HOUSE, but Katniss fans obviously weren't that interested in domestic terror. Still, the movie (which the actress shot before her time in Panem) cost less than $10 million, as did the latest R-rated LA police story from writer-director David Ayer (TRAINING DAY, HARSH TIMES, STREET KINGS).

But don't count out Clint Eastwood! The cinema veteran (and recent improv furniture conversationalist) and his new film TROUBLE WITH THE CURVE were in a close second with $12.7 million -- and could conceivably be at the top tomorrow when the more accurate numbers are released. And while the baseball-themed family drama didn't start strong, keep in mind that Eastwood's last starring role GRAN TORINO (which, unlike CURVE, he also directed) ended up with nearly $150 million.

Despite some creative use of 3D and a tone that stayed truer to the character's comic origins than the Stallone version, DREDD 3D got kicked into the gutters of Mega City One, opening to just $6.3 million -- less than half of what the week's other new releases made. Buzz from Comic Con couldn't help the Law, and now it doesn't seem like we'll ever get to see Dredd face off against Judge Death on the big screen...

Of last week's entries, the 3D reissue of FINDING NEMO treaded water in fourth place, better than RESIDENT EVIL: RETRIBUTION, which took a fairly standard genre dive of 68% in its second weekend. Filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson's THE MASTER, which made an impact last week at just five locations, got pushed out onto nearly 800 screens and came up with a cool $5 million (and the highest per-screen average in the Top 10).

Dropping from sight this week were THE BOURNE LEGACY, THE ODD LIFE OF TIMOTHY GREEN and THE EXPENDABLES 2 (which at $82M seems unlikely to ever reach nine figures domestically). And for those still keeping track of the Batman, THE DARK KNIGHT RISES has edged past SHREK 2 to take the #7 spot on the all-time domestic box office list with $443.1M.

Next weekend brings the Joseph Gordon-Levitt/Bruce Willis time-travel action movie LOOPER, the computer-animated monster tale HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA, the inspirational drama WON'T BACK DOWN, and (in limited release) the girl-group comedy PITCH PERFECT.

What's your favorite movie that involves time travel? VOTE HERE!

# MOVIE TITLE WKND $ TOTAL $
1. House at the End of the Street $13 M
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2. End of Watch $13 M
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3. Trouble with the Curve $12.7 M
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4. Finding Nemo 3D $9.4 M $29.9 M
5. Resident Evil: Retribution $6.7 M $33.4 M
6. Dredd 3D $6.3 M
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7. The Master $5 M $6 M
8. The Possession $2.6 M $45.6 M
9. Lawless $2.3 M $34.5 M
10. ParaNorman $2.2 M $52.5 M

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8:51PM on 09/24/2012

I call bullshit!

Dredd did not open in that many theaters in the first place or play enough. My local theater only had evening showings during the weekend.
Dredd did not open in that many theaters in the first place or play enough. My local theater only had evening showings during the weekend.
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6:15PM on 09/24/2012
I'm still gonna see Dredd, despite its weak box office numbers. I kinda expected that anyway, But I dont care. Probably catch it this weekend. I had to suck it up and see "End of Watch" this past weekend cuz the wife didn't want to see Dredd. I suffered for it. "End of Watch" was a piece of shit. stereotypes galore, predictable, bland, dull, among other things. Save your cash and go see Dredd....
I'm still gonna see Dredd, despite its weak box office numbers. I kinda expected that anyway, But I dont care. Probably catch it this weekend. I had to suck it up and see "End of Watch" this past weekend cuz the wife didn't want to see Dredd. I suffered for it. "End of Watch" was a piece of shit. stereotypes galore, predictable, bland, dull, among other things. Save your cash and go see Dredd....
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4:23AM on 09/24/2012
So a sequel looks unlikely, that is unfortunate. I went to see it twice I enjoyed it that much.
Shame.
So a sequel looks unlikely, that is unfortunate. I went to see it twice I enjoyed it that much.
Shame.
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3:13AM on 09/24/2012
Dredd isnt gonna collect even 1/4 of what sly's Judge dredd collected.so,sequel to Dredd 3d isnt gonna happen,Dredd is dead it seems
Dredd isnt gonna collect even 1/4 of what sly's Judge dredd collected.so,sequel to Dredd 3d isnt gonna happen,Dredd is dead it seems
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9:22PM on 09/23/2012
The problem I think with Dredd's performance was three things. The first being that R-Rated violent B-type movies simply do not appeal to a mass audience. So while they can be good movies the studios have to keep the budgets on them very low in order to recoup their costs. The second was that this was another movie that 3D hurt them rather than helped them. They gave no 2D options for this movie when it was released which most people simply won't pay $3 to $5 extra a ticket to see this type of
The problem I think with Dredd's performance was three things. The first being that R-Rated violent B-type movies simply do not appeal to a mass audience. So while they can be good movies the studios have to keep the budgets on them very low in order to recoup their costs. The second was that this was another movie that 3D hurt them rather than helped them. They gave no 2D options for this movie when it was released which most people simply won't pay $3 to $5 extra a ticket to see this type of movie. More people will stay home and wait for DVD than pay extra. To prove this theory Dredd played on 2,700 screens and less than 20% of them were playing it in 2D. When they release the numbers you will find that 3D accounted for about 50% of the total gross. Now when 80% of your screens account for half or less of your revenue it shows why people are staying away from it. This happened to other recent movies without 2D options like Underworld and the last Resident Evil. Then finally the marketing made it look exactly like the average viewer thinks which is low budget B-Movie. I was looking forward to seeing it myself but was unable to find a 2D theater playing it in my entire city. So, I guess I've got to wait for DVD.
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3:08AM on 09/24/2012
We just got to boycott that frakking 3d...James Cameron, what have you done?
We just got to boycott that frakking 3d...James Cameron, what have you done?
11:27AM on 09/24/2012
You're so right about this. I loved the film and I thought the 3d improved the film in this instance (and I'm as anti-3d as they come) but forcing people to pay extra on a hero they don't when said hero already had a terrible adaptation is asking a lot of your audience.

And the marketing was invisible!
You're so right about this. I loved the film and I thought the 3d improved the film in this instance (and I'm as anti-3d as they come) but forcing people to pay extra on a hero they don't when said hero already had a terrible adaptation is asking a lot of your audience.

And the marketing was invisible!
1:13PM on 09/24/2012
I don't have anything inherently against 3D myself. Some people seem to like it and on a rare occasion it can enhance the movie and of course it does much better overseas than it does here. As long as when they release the movie I have the option of seeing it in 2D instead without the extra surcharge. The studios don't even seem to realize they are actually losing more money in the long run with only 3D showing. Sure they may make more per ticket but they sell a much smaller amount of tickets
I don't have anything inherently against 3D myself. Some people seem to like it and on a rare occasion it can enhance the movie and of course it does much better overseas than it does here. As long as when they release the movie I have the option of seeing it in 2D instead without the extra surcharge. The studios don't even seem to realize they are actually losing more money in the long run with only 3D showing. Sure they may make more per ticket but they sell a much smaller amount of tickets because of it. That's just poor business and then they complain why the box office keeps getting worse.
3:34PM on 09/24/2012
It's really the same philosophy they apply in all aspects of their business. The ticket prices are more expensive because the movies cost more to make. The movies cost more to make because they chose to make too many blockbusters instead of trying to keep a balance with low budget films. Instead of seing more movies, the casual viewer is becoming more picky because the tickets cost more than they used to. What you end up with is year like this year where 2 movies (The Avengers, The Dark Knight
It's really the same philosophy they apply in all aspects of their business. The ticket prices are more expensive because the movies cost more to make. The movies cost more to make because they chose to make too many blockbusters instead of trying to keep a balance with low budget films. Instead of seing more movies, the casual viewer is becoming more picky because the tickets cost more than they used to. What you end up with is year like this year where 2 movies (The Avengers, The Dark Knight Rises) are getting all the money and leave nothing for the rest of them.
9:20PM on 09/23/2012

Un-fucking-real....

DREDD deserved a massive weekend for how fantastic it was.
DREDD deserved a massive weekend for how fantastic it was.
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9:09PM on 09/23/2012

drokk

I sincerely hope you are proved wrong and that we will eventually get to gaze upon Judge Death on the big screen.
Hopefully its a slow burner of a film, the european and rest of the world might take to it better too. If they had promoted this one a bit better it might have made a big difference.
I sincerely hope you are proved wrong and that we will eventually get to gaze upon Judge Death on the big screen.
Hopefully its a slow burner of a film, the european and rest of the world might take to it better too. If they had promoted this one a bit better it might have made a big difference.
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9:01PM on 09/23/2012

Techically

It's a three way tie because what does 13 million mean? Did they both get 13.0 million? Or could 13 million mean anything from 12.8 million to 13.2 million? Because if you are rounding up from 12.8 million then there's less than 100 000 separating the top three. At worst there's about half a million separating the top three. How precise are these estimates? Any one of those three movies could have won the week.
It's a three way tie because what does 13 million mean? Did they both get 13.0 million? Or could 13 million mean anything from 12.8 million to 13.2 million? Because if you are rounding up from 12.8 million then there's less than 100 000 separating the top three. At worst there's about half a million separating the top three. How precise are these estimates? Any one of those three movies could have won the week.
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8:32PM on 09/23/2012
I honestly don't get the point of releasing box office figures on sundays since we don't get the exact figures until monday. It's always hard to tell just how accurate these figures are anyway if you think about it. As far as the movies this week, who cares honestly.
I honestly don't get the point of releasing box office figures on sundays since we don't get the exact figures until monday. It's always hard to tell just how accurate these figures are anyway if you think about it. As far as the movies this week, who cares honestly.
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8:24PM on 09/23/2012
Sucks. I had a feeling Dredd would do bad when I saw it and theater wasn't even a 1/3 full.
Great movie.
Sucks. I had a feeling Dredd would do bad when I saw it and theater wasn't even a 1/3 full.
Great movie.
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8:05PM on 09/23/2012

PISSED!

I'm sorry but when a crappy standard horror flick like 'House at the End of the Street' gets in first over the weekend over 'Dredd' or even 'End of Watch', I start to wonder what the hell people are thinking. Dredd had some great reviews going into the movie aside from being 'too much like The Raid'. Well, I'm sorry for those who think that because the 2 movies went into production the same time and if it wasn't for the CGI would have came out the same damn time. End of the Watch even had some
I'm sorry but when a crappy standard horror flick like 'House at the End of the Street' gets in first over the weekend over 'Dredd' or even 'End of Watch', I start to wonder what the hell people are thinking. Dredd had some great reviews going into the movie aside from being 'too much like The Raid'. Well, I'm sorry for those who think that because the 2 movies went into production the same time and if it wasn't for the CGI would have came out the same damn time. End of the Watch even had some great performances in it and people go for a movie that practically rips off every other 'scary' movie in existence. Props to those who went to see End of Watch or Dredd this weekend. You, atleast, made the right choice.
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8:30PM on 09/23/2012
Saw Dredd and End of Watch back to back. Money well spent.
Saw Dredd and End of Watch back to back. Money well spent.
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7:36PM on 09/23/2012
So disappointed about Dredd's box office performance. This movie was fucking fantastic and it bums me out that we might not get a sequel. I really hope it makes a comeback on Blu-Ray/ DVD.
So disappointed about Dredd's box office performance. This movie was fucking fantastic and it bums me out that we might not get a sequel. I really hope it makes a comeback on Blu-Ray/ DVD.
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6:58PM on 09/23/2012

WE LOVE YOU DREDD!!!

I fucking loved Dredd. I'm a bit bummed that it didn't get much love from the PR/marketing facets or general audiences for that matter. Hopefully, word of mouth will spread like wildfire and our favorite Joe will get a decent if not better box office take next weekend. However, I am glad I got to check it out this weekend and I can't wait to see it again.
I fucking loved Dredd. I'm a bit bummed that it didn't get much love from the PR/marketing facets or general audiences for that matter. Hopefully, word of mouth will spread like wildfire and our favorite Joe will get a decent if not better box office take next weekend. However, I am glad I got to check it out this weekend and I can't wait to see it again.
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6:18PM on 09/23/2012
Wow, that's actually rather shocking given all the hype for Dredd (and it was in 3D no less!)
Wow, that's actually rather shocking given all the hype for Dredd (and it was in 3D no less!)
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6:07PM on 09/23/2012

NOTHING LEARNED FROM JOHN CARTER

Damn. I dug Dredd so much so I was hoping and wanting a sequel. Ma-Ma was a nice villain to test the waters but with this crappy box office it looks like a sequel is slim just like John Carter. The movie was spot-on. The marketing was obviously quite off. The show I went to was nearly full but there was only 2 showings. Just a shame. Urban nailed it and he made this movie work. So much better than campy Stallone version.
Damn. I dug Dredd so much so I was hoping and wanting a sequel. Ma-Ma was a nice villain to test the waters but with this crappy box office it looks like a sequel is slim just like John Carter. The movie was spot-on. The marketing was obviously quite off. The show I went to was nearly full but there was only 2 showings. Just a shame. Urban nailed it and he made this movie work. So much better than campy Stallone version.
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5:40PM on 09/23/2012
Is this the apocalypse? People on Joblo are sad a remake /reboot /reimagining /yet another comicbook adaptation tanks? What happened to all the "C'mon Hollywood be original" bullshit everybody keeps saying? The article writer even wants a sequel to a remake of a comicbook adaptation. That like unoriginal times three.
Is this the apocalypse? People on Joblo are sad a remake /reboot /reimagining /yet another comicbook adaptation tanks? What happened to all the "C'mon Hollywood be original" bullshit everybody keeps saying? The article writer even wants a sequel to a remake of a comicbook adaptation. That like unoriginal times three.
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5:24PM on 09/23/2012

Such a shame.

Audiences are so used to watered-down, pussied-out crap that they don't care about a decent action movie anymore. I hope it will do well on DVD. I'm glad RE tanked-looks like it will make less money domestically than any of its predecessors, which might but the brakes on any such POS being planned in the near future.
Audiences are so used to watered-down, pussied-out crap that they don't care about a decent action movie anymore. I hope it will do well on DVD. I'm glad RE tanked-looks like it will make less money domestically than any of its predecessors, which might but the brakes on any such POS being planned in the near future.
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4:37PM on 09/23/2012

I wanted Dredd to do so well

I was pissed on Friday because I was so pumped to go see Dredd, it only had 2 screenings that evening at the shittiest theatre in my city. It's upsetting that there was barely anyone in the theatre, and a majority of the people are the ones who came with me.
I was pissed on Friday because I was so pumped to go see Dredd, it only had 2 screenings that evening at the shittiest theatre in my city. It's upsetting that there was barely anyone in the theatre, and a majority of the people are the ones who came with me.
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4:32PM on 09/23/2012
That's very sad. I thought Karl Urban f*ing nailed Judge Dredd. He'll always have my respect for keeping it simple, brutal, and smart.
That's very sad. I thought Karl Urban f*ing nailed Judge Dredd. He'll always have my respect for keeping it simple, brutal, and smart.
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4:28PM on 09/23/2012
You moviegoers betrayed the LAAAWWWWWWW!!!!! To be honest, LionsGate pretty much dropped the ball in getting this movie out, what with the scarcity of trailers and spots. Not only that, but distribution as well. Many of the major theaters weren't playing "Dredd", as it was mostly relegated to the second-run theaters with only about 3-5 showings per day.

Oh well, Dredd seems like the kind of movie that will thrive on DVD/Blu-Ray sales.
You moviegoers betrayed the LAAAWWWWWWW!!!!! To be honest, LionsGate pretty much dropped the ball in getting this movie out, what with the scarcity of trailers and spots. Not only that, but distribution as well. Many of the major theaters weren't playing "Dredd", as it was mostly relegated to the second-run theaters with only about 3-5 showings per day.

Oh well, Dredd seems like the kind of movie that will thrive on DVD/Blu-Ray sales.
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3:57PM on 09/23/2012
Dredd was always going to have a hard time at the box office but why didn't Lionsgate put out a second trailer? If the trailer for your film has a "meh" reaction, but postive early reviews for the actual film itself, then clearly you need to release a new trailer focusing on what the reviews enjoyed most.
I'm hoping the film does much better abroad.
Dredd was always going to have a hard time at the box office but why didn't Lionsgate put out a second trailer? If the trailer for your film has a "meh" reaction, but postive early reviews for the actual film itself, then clearly you need to release a new trailer focusing on what the reviews enjoyed most.
I'm hoping the film does much better abroad.
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3:26PM on 09/23/2012
as i said,Dredd is shit not hit.not everybody goes gaga over anykinda shit thats made frm comic books.comic books aren't bible.peace out!!
as i said,Dredd is shit not hit.not everybody goes gaga over anykinda shit thats made frm comic books.comic books aren't bible.peace out!!
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4:29PM on 09/23/2012
Your post alone just raped the English language.
Your post alone just raped the English language.
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3:15PM on 09/23/2012

Audiences are dumb

They go see an unoriginal PG-13 horror movie, a lame ass sequel instead of a good adaptation of a celebrated graphic novel series.

At least End of Watch and Trouble with the Curve are making waves. Vote with your wallets people. The rest, enjoy your crap.
They go see an unoriginal PG-13 horror movie, a lame ass sequel instead of a good adaptation of a celebrated graphic novel series.

At least End of Watch and Trouble with the Curve are making waves. Vote with your wallets people. The rest, enjoy your crap.
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