Box-office estimates put "End of Watch" and "House at the End of the Street" tied for first place over the weekend, with "Trouble With the Curve" not far behind. However, even with four new films in theaters, cinemas were still hurting.
Cop drama "End of Watch" and Jennifer Lawrence's horror flick "House at the End of the Street" debuted with about $13 million apiece, while Clint Eastwood's "Trouble with the Curve" was just behind with an estimated $12.7 million. Gross receipts were down 25 percent versus the same period last year, continuing the trend from the past few weekends.
"Dredd 3D" became the second feature film based on the British comic "2000 AD" to flop. Featuring Karl Urban as futuristic law-and-order man Judge Dredd, the flick opened with just $6.3 million. Sylvester Stallone played the title character in 1995's "Judge Dredd," which grossed $34.7 million during its domestic run. Urban's "Dredd 3D" has at least enjoyed positive reviews, unlike its predecessor: "Judge Dredd" earned Stallone a "Golden Raspberry Award" nomination for Worst Actor.
"The Master" expanded to 788 theaters and was able to make almost as much as "Dredd 3D," which played in about 2,500. Paul Thomas Anderson's latest, starring Philip Seymour Hoffman and Joaquin Phoenix, made $5 million over the weekend. The Weinstein Company will likely campaign for acting awards nominations for the movie's stars in the coming months.
"House" is Lawrence's first film in theaters since the franchise-starting "Hunger Games." The movie's debut doesn't bode well for its box-office future and reviews were largely unkind. But "Silver Linings Playbook," which debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival, is already putting the girl who inspired countless archery lessons around the world back in the good graces of film critics.
Speaking of career arcs, the opening number for Jake Gyllenhaal's "End of Watch" isn't too far off from the $14.8 million collected by "Source Code" when it opened last year; the sci-fi/action mystery eventually made $54.7 million domestically. "End of Watch" was written, directed and produced by David Ayers, who wrote the 2001 crime drama "Training Day."
Gyllenhaal's sister, Maggie, will return to theaters this weekend alongside Viola Davis and Holly Hunter in the drama "Won't Back Down." This weekend's other new releases include the well-reviewed "Looper," starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt (and written/directed by his "Brick" collaborator Rian Johnson) alongside Bruce Willis; the animated Adam Sandler/Andy Samberg flick "Hotel Transylvania"; and "Solomon Kane," featuring James Purefoy in the title role in the fantasy/action flick.