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Three new movies open well while Dredd splats

Posted by Patrick Sauriol on Sunday, September 23, 2012

September has always been a slower month at the box office for the movie industry, and the second-to-last weekend of September 2012 has proved to be no exception to the rule.

Three new releases were the ones that almost had a three-way tie. End of Watch, the police thriller/drama starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena, and the thriller House at the End of the Street starring Jennifer Lawrence are currently tied for the first place with an estimated weekend gross of $13 million dollars each.

The new Clint Eastwood movie, Trouble with the Curve, just missed home plate too. Its estimated gross is $12.7 million.

The 3D release of Finding Nemo was in fourth spot, dropping 40% from last week with $9.4m in new ticket sales. That brings the re-release's gross up to $30 million dollars, and the film's total box office to $369m.

Last week's #1 movie, Resident Evil: Retribution, dropped nearly 70% (which was to be expected.) With $6.7 million dollars added to the picture's theatrical run this weekend, the fifth Resident Evil's total is now up to $33.4m. Once home video factors in I think Milla Jovovich will be fighting the zombie horde again in a sixth film.

The bad luck seems to have landed with Dredd, the second movie adaptation of the 2000 AD comic book character. Even with decent advertising campaign and strong positive reviews, Dredd fell well short of hoped-for expectations by making just $6.3m in its opening weekend. Karl Urban might not get the chance to wear his Mega City One helmet again.

Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master rose 12 places by expanding its run to 783 more screens. With $5m in ticket sales, The Master is now at $6m total. I expect that number to climb well into the double digits once more theaters are added.

The Possession is still holding on (#7, $2.6m new, $45.6m total); Lawless is dropping into the rearview (#8, $2.3m new, $34.5m total); and ParaNorman is picking up the buisness (#10, $2.2m new, $52.5m total) from families that aren't into seeing Finding Nemo 3D.

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