Last week’s disappointing box office numbers (the second worst of 2012) were overshadowed by this week’s new releases. The top 12 films in theaters this week earned $75.2 million, with three of the new releases taking the top three spots. Unfortunately, the the anticipated remake of Dredd debuted dreddfully (pun definitely intended) in sixth place. The $6.3 million the film made this weekend was half of what Judge Dredd made in its first weekend in 1995 (and it was considered a box office flop in its day). But let’s look on the bright side; autumn is here, which means it’s the start of the fall and holiday movie seasons! Box office numbers will be on the rise soon.
1. ‘End of Watch’
At the top of the charts this past weekend was director David Ayer’s End of Watch, with $13.2 million. That’s fairly decent for police drama films, and pretty good for films directed by David Ayer. His previous two films, Street Kings (2008) and Harsh Times (2006) opened with $12.5 million and $2 million, respectively. Unfortunately, Ayer’s films haven’t grossed much more than what they brought in during their first week at the box office. Can End of Watch change that?
2. ‘House at the End of the Street’
If you ask me, Jennifer Lawrence is having a great summer. Her previous film, The Hunger Games, debuted with $158.5 million and stayed in the top spot for close to a month. Lawrence’s new film, House at the End of the Street made $12.3 million this past weekend, which may not sound like a lot after the huge box office success of The Hunger Games, but it’s actually a strong number for this time of the year. For those of you interested in random trivia, Box Office Mojo has a fun tidbit for you:
House at the End of the Street topped recent “House” horror movies Dream House ($8.1 million) and Silent House ($6.7 million), but was a bit behind Last House on the Left ($14.1 million).
3. ‘Trouble with the Curve’
Clint Eastwood’s return to film, Trouble with the Curve debuted at number three this past weekend, bringing in $12.2 million. Although it’s one of the better opening weekends for a baseball movie, it still ranks 24th on the list of highest lifetime grosses for a baseball movie. That’s noticeably less than last year’s Moneyball (which debuted with $19.5 million). It’s unlikely that the film will see the $107.5 million lifetime gross of 1992′s A League of Their Own, but hey, Field of Dreams only made $531,346 in its first week and it’s now number four on the list with over $64 million.
4. ‘Finding Nemo 3D’
Falling to fourth, but still swimming strong, is Finding Nemo‘s 3D re-release. The Disney/Pixar film earned an additional $9.6 million in its second weekend back in theaters. As of right now, the film is still in sixth place on the list of films re-released in 3D, but is less than $1 million away from passing the Toy Story/Toy Story 2 3D re-release and taking fifth. But with only about $30 million total domestic gross so far, Finding Nemo 3D is less than one-third the lifetime domestic gross of the re-release of The Lion King in 3D.
5. ‘Resident Evil: Retribution’
Last weekend’s number one film, Resident Evil: Retribution, took a drastic 68% decline, only taking in $6.7 million this weekend. That’s fairly close to Resident Evil: Extinction‘s second week at the box office (with a 66.1% drop in box office sales). With a total of $33.5 million so far in its 10 day run, Retribution is less than $7 million away from the original Resident Evil‘s $40.1 million total domestic gross, and only half way to the lifetime domestic gross of Resident Evil: Afterlife.
Next Week’s Releases
Box Office Report: September 21st – September 23rd
1. End of Watch – $13.2 million
2. House at the End of the Street – $12.3 million
3. Trouble with the Curve – $12.2 million
4. Finding Nemo 3-D – $9.6 million
5. Resident Evil: Retribution – $6.7 million
6. Dredd 3-D – $6.3 million
7. The Master – $4.4 million
8. The Possession – $2.6 million
9. ParaNorman – $2.3 million
10. Lawless – $2.3 million