Despite the arrival of four new films in theaters this weekend, moviegoers weren't interested in heading to the box office.
For the fourth consecutive weekend, ticket sales were down compared with the same period in 2011, as none of the fresh arrivals at the cinema was able to top $15 million. Two spots tied for No. 1: the Jake Gyllenhaal cop
The big weekend loser, however, was
Still, business overall was slow, and receipts dropped 25% this weekend when stacked up with the same three-day period last year.
The film stars Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña as
The movie is the latest of Gyllenhaal's low-to-mid-budget films to perform modestly at the domestic box office. Last year, the 31-year-old's sci-fi
"House at the End of the Street," is the first film that Jennifer Lawrence has appeared in since the release of the blockbuster
However, the 22-year-old won't experience that same level of success with "House at the End of the Street," in which she stars as a girl who moves to an eerie new neighborhood with her mother. The film was expected to debut with about $18 million, but couldn't rake in enough young females to defeat "End of Watch." ("House" appealed to a 61% female crowd, and 70% of the audience was under the age of 25.)
The movie, produced by FilmNation Entertainment and A Bigger Boat for $10 million, was acquired by
"Trouble With the Curve" is the first movie that 82-year-old Eastwood has acted in -- but not directed -- in nearly two decades. In his new movie, the actor plays a baseball scout who must work on his troubled relationship with his daughter (
Eastwood's latest movie will need to benefit from strong word-of-mouth if it is to become a hit -- something the actor-director hasn't seen in a few years. Both of his most recent directorial efforts, last year's
"Dredd 3D" generated positive fan hype at Comic Con in July, but that buzz didn't carry over to the film's opening weekend. The few who did turn up to see the movie about a law enforcer tasked with bringing order to a futuristic post-apocalyptic world were mostly older males.
The movie, adapted from the same "Judge Dredd" comic that spawned the 1995
[Updated, 10:44 a.m. Sept. 23: In limited release,
Here are the top 10 movies at the domestic box office, according to studio estimates and Hollywood.com:
1. "End of Watch" (Open Road/Emmett/Furla/Exclusive): Opened with $13 million.
1. "House at the End of the Street" (Relativity/FilmNation/A Bigger Boat): Opened with $13 million.
3. "Trouble With the Curve" (
4. "Finding Nemo 3-D" (Disney): $9.4 million on its second weekend, down 43%. Domestic total: $30 million. $1.3 million overseas in 12 foreign markets. International total: $7.9 million.
6. "Dredd 3-D" (Lionsgate/IM Global): Opened with $6.3 million.
7. "The Master" (Weinstein Co.): Opened with $5 million in wide release. Domestic total: $6.1 million.
8. "The Possession" (Lionsgate/Ghost House): $2.6 million on its fourth weekend, down 54%. Domestic total: $45.3 million.
9. "Lawless" (Weinstein Co./Yucaipa/Revolt): $2.3 million on its fourth weekend, down 47%. Domestic total: $34.5 million.
10. "ParaNorman" (Focus/Laika): $2.3 million on its sixth weekend, down 26%. Domestic total: $52.6 million. $3 million overseas in 39 foreign markets. International total: $29.2 million.]