Weekend Box Office Wrap Up: September 23, 2012

Published 3 years ago by , Updated September 24th, 2012 at 3:28 pm,

Box Office Wrap Up End of Watch Weekend Box Office Wrap Up: September 23, 2012

[UPDATE: The final tallies are in and End of Watch comes in at number 1 with $13.1 million, followed by House at the End of the Street with $12.28 million, and Trouble with the Curve with $12.16 million.]

It’s a close race for the top in this week’s box office with three films fighting tooth and nail to be number one.

As of right now (Sunday afternoon) Jake Gyllenhaal’s End of Watch and Jennifer Lawrence’s House at the End of the Street are sharing top honors with each pulling in $13 million in opening weekend grosses. For both films, regardless of where they end up in terms of ranking, a $13 million+ opening weekend is enough to surpass their respective budgets. David Ayer’s suburban cop drama End of Watch (read our review) was reportedly working off a $7 million budget, while HATES‘ (read our review) budget was somewhere around $10 million. 

Coming in at a close third is Clint Eastwood’s Trouble with the Curve (read our review) which at one point was in a three-way tie with HATES and End of Watch. However, box office tracking is reporting a $12.7 million opening weekend gross for the Robert Lorenz-directed baseball drama. Trouble with the Curve‘s opening puts it way behind the last two films to star Clint Eastwood (Gran Torino and Million Dollar Baby) which opened modestly but went on to gross over $100 million each.

Disney’s 3D re-release of Finding Nemo “just keeps swimming” with a second weekend gross of $9.4 million — bringing its domestic total thus far to just under $30 million. As we reported last week, Finding Nemo is about on par with Disney’s re-releases of Toy Story 1 & 2 and Beauty and the Beast, but is nowhere close to the run The Lion King had late last year.

Rounding out the top 5 is Resident Evil: Retribution with $6.3 million, which brings its two-week total up to $33.4 million. Paul W. S. Anderson’s latest adaptation of the popular Capcom video game franchise is on pace to surpass the first Resident Evil in terms of domestic grosses, but is going to need some help if it’s going to catch the highest grossing entry: Resident Evil: Afterlife.

At number six is Lionsgate’s reboot of the Judge Dredd property — the succinctly titled Dredd (read our review) — with an opening weekend take of $6.3 million. We at Screen Rant were actually quite impressed with director Pete Travis and star Karl Urban‘s take on the IPC media comic, but it looks like the aftertaste of the critically derided Sylvester Stallone vehicle is going to be much harder to shake off. Working off a reported $50 million budget, things are looking pretty bleak for the future of the franchise.

Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master made the leap into the top 10, grossing $5 million on 783 screens. The film’s record-breaking, per screen average from last weekend has dropped a bit, but the film is still doing exceptional business thanks, in part, to some critically acclaimed performances from Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman.

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The Sam Raimi-produced The Possession dropped way down to number 8 in its fourth weekend, but still managed to bring in $2.6 million. Working off a budget of $14 million, the film is now presumably well into the black with $45 million to-date.

Tom Hardy and Shia Labouf’s Lawless comes in at number nine with $2.3 million, bringing its domestic total up to $34 million. For LaBouf and Hardy (who have been attached to some of the highest grossing films of all time) a sub-$50 million lifetime gross might not be worth writing home about, but for director John Hillcoat, Lawless marks his highest grossing film to date.

Coming in right behind Lawless, and closing out the top 10, is ParaNorman with $2.29 million. The Laika-produced, stop-motion animation film now ranks number six among all stop-motion features with $52 million to-date, and could realistically rank right behind Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas ($75 million) at number four when all is said and done.

Outside the top ten The Dark Knight Rises ($1.2 million this weekend) has jumped past Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest to claim the number 7 spot on the all-time grossers list with $1.06 billion. Christopher Nolan’s conclusion to his Batman trilogy still has a way to go to catch Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King ($1.19 billion) though.

It’s also worth noting that Summit’s adaptation of The Perks of Being a Wallflower debuted on 4 screens and pulled in $244,000. While the film doesn’t open wide until next weekend, its $61,000 per-screen average could mean good things are in store for the coming-of-age flick.

Source: Box Office Mojo

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  1. Hopefully word of mouth gets more people out to see Dredd next week. I know I am going to see it on Thursday, and I was on the fence until I saw all the positive reactions to it. Sometimes having a day off in the middle of the week has it’s benefits-a fairly empty matinee theater!

  2. Well after reading this I’m not sure how I did on my first try for the box office battle. I was counting on Dredd to do better.

    But I’m happy end of watch did well no enjoyed it. Suprised by house at te end of the street didn’t think it would do as well as it doing.

  3. Why do studios release four new movies into one weekend? That’s a lot of competition.

  4. Dredd was playing on only one screen on the entire West Side.
    No 2D option. Only 3D. All of which is atypical of a “major” release.
    The 8PM Friday was sold out — that I was told mostly preorder online.

    Despite the online promotion, tradition marketing was essentially
    non-existent and the limited distribution further evidence
    the studio actually had very little faith in the movie.

    Plenty of mediocre films have gotten wide distribution and full promotion.
    Dredd is actually a good movie and deserved better to say the least.

    • ^^^

      I was really surprised about this as well. I ended up seeing it at the 84th street (As you said it was the only option on the West Side) and it was completely empty for the 10:30 showing on Friday.

      I liked a lot about the film, but as I read in a review somewhere, the fatal flaw of it was trying to make Dredd into the hero again. He is a walking talking embodiment of judgement/law. He should have swept through that building like a force of nature with it just being another day for him.

      • Dredd isn’t a hero in the film.

  5. Absolutely shocking that Dredd didn’t even crack the top 5. I think positive word of mouth will help it out the next few weeks. I think it was more of going up against Resident Evil than the original Judge Dredd. People see both movies as lots of shooting and killing. And with Resident Evil being not so good puts Dredd behind the eight ball this weekend.

    Jennifer Lawrence star seems to be getting bigger as her movie, House At The End Of The Street, rose to number one with the major draw of the movie being her.

  6. Over the weekend I saw both End of Watch and Dredd. Both are top notch films. Dredd was very entertaining, almost a mesh of hollywood with an independent film makers touch. For some reason the pacing, and tone of it reminded me of Drive. I hate 3d but my friend convinced me to watch it in 3d and i enjoyed it every bit. End of watch was gritty, realistic and very heart felt. Reminded me of the TV show Southland, and thats a good thing.

  7. Crying shame Dredd is not doing good business, good film. I saw it and loved it. Hopefully word of mouth will help weekend 2.

  8. I am going to see Dredd and the Master this week, just didn’t have time this weekend

  9. Well, at least in the UK Dredd seems to be Nr.1 at the Box Office.

  10. Not sure if this typical for a rated R films but I went to see Dredd yesterday in NJ and was really surprised with how the theaters around here were handling the scheduling. Most offered no 2D options and the 3D played on one screen with the first showing starting around 3pm.

    I found a theater a few towns over that had one 12:30pm showing of a 2D but that was it for the day and for at least the next 4 days based on what I could see available online. I went to see it; there were maybe 20 people in there with me. I thought the movie was good and absolutely removed that bad taste from Sylvester Stallone version. This movie did so many little things that I appreciated as a comic book fan and movie fan. Hopefully people get an opportunity to go check this out.

  11. Totally saddened by Dredd’s take at the Box Office. Movie was amazingly good! Though it’s not suprising here where I live. The biggest theater in town has Reserved Balcony Seating and $30 Director’s Suite theaters but Dredd was only playing on 1 theater, waaaay in the back and only 2 times a day. 4:30 and 9:00pm. That was it! Two showings a day while all those above mentioned movies got the good screens. I actually had to go across town to an much older and way less quality theater to catch a 12:01 Thrusday midnight showing. Sad though too, as there were maybe 50 people in the large auditorium there. Hopefully word of mouth will get around enough to keep it in theaters long enough to make some o that cheddah!

  12. I blame Dredd’s trailer, IMO it definitely leads a lot to be desired. I was actually a little put off by it and if I wasn’t a Karl Urban fan I probably would of passed but since he is in it I planned on seeing it. Hopefully the positive reviews get more people in theatres to see it.

  13. Well at least Screenrant stopped calling it a remake, i brought it up a while ago that it was not a remake though i was rebutted about it by Vic, glad they saw it and decided it’s not a remake. Really hate these labels though.

    Lets hope WOM does some wonders, Dredd is really one of the better films of a very disappointing year.

  14. Dredd was awesome, the best action movie I’ve seen all year. Fits in with the cult classic sci fi actioners of the 80s. Everyone with that taste should go see it to help it get a sequel as an added bonus for your own viewing pleasure. Pretty surprised to see such a good movie bomb like that.

  15. I’m a bit surprised. I saw End of watch last night, me and my girlfriend were the only ones in the theater. Everyone else in line were there to see Dredd. End of Watch ended up being one of the best movies I’ve seen all year. Excellently acted, different, and it sure hits emotionally hard. Very glad I saw that, but I plan on seeing Dredd next weekend or the weekend after. Depending on if I see Looper instead. But Dredd is for sure something I will eventually see. Even if it doesn’t perform well at the box office I think when it comes out on DVD it will make up for it.