Weekend Box Office Wrap Up: September 23, 2012

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[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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