EASTWOOD’S CURVE LOOKS MORE LIKE A SINKER (Updated)
Clint Eastwood’s return to the screen after four years in Warner Bros.’ baseball drama Trouble with the Curve displayed a lot of empty chairs in theaters all over the country this weekend. It took in a less-than-expected $12.7 million. But then nothing else at the box office scored much better. Indeed, there was a virtual three-way tie for first place as Relativity estimated that House at the End of the Street would wind up with $13 million and Open Road Entertainment figured that End of Watch would earn the same. Final figures are due to be released Monday afternoon. One thing, however, was clear. The overall box office remained in the doldrums. Even The Weinstein Co.’s The Master failed to live up to expectations. After setting a record last weekend when it took in $729,745 in just five theaters — a per-theater record — it expanded to 788 screens, where it pulled in about $5 million in ticket sales. [Update: Final figure: $4,391,092] That still represented a strong per-screen average of around $6,400. But, after last weekend, the Weinsteins were no doubt anticipating more.
The top ten films for the weekend, according to studio estimates compiled by Box Office Mojo:
1. End of Watch, $13 million; 1. (Tie) House at the End of the Street, $13 million; 3. Trouble with the Curve, $12.72 million; 4. Finding Nemo 3D, $9.45 million; 5. Resident Evil: Retribution, $6.7 million; 6. Dredd, $6.3 million; 7. The Master, $5 million; 8. The Possession, $2.63 million; 9. Lawless, $2.32 million; 5. ParaNorman, $2.3 million.
Final Figures for the Top Five Films
1. End of Watch, $13,152,683
2. (Tie) House at the End of the Street, $12,287,234
3. Trouble with the Curve, $12,162,040
4. Finding Nemo 3D, $9,641,474
5. Resident Evil: Retribution, $6,701,803