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End of Watch claims No. 1 spot in close weekend

Tuesday, 25 September , 2012, 21:00

Box office reports
The police story End of Watch has won a close race at the weekend box office.

The LA cop tale starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena debuted with $13.2 million to finish as the weekend's No.1 movie, according to final studio figures.

End of Watch had been in a photo finish for first-place with two other new movies, Jennifer Lawrence's horror tale House at the End of the Street and Clint Eastwood's baseball drama Trouble with the Curve.

House at the End of the Street wound up at No. 2 with $12.3 million. Trouble with the Curve came in at No. 3 with $12.2 million.

Eastwood's appearance at the Republican National Convention, when he did a rambling fantasy chat with President Barack Obama addressed to an empty chair, probably had little or no effect on the results for Trouble with the Curve, said Paul Dergarabedian, analyst for box-office tracker Hollywood.com.

The movie opened in line with other Eastwood flicks, which tend to start modestly but stick around awhile at theaters because he draws older crowds that do not rush out in big numbers over opening weekend, Dergarabedian said.

If Eastwood's convention gig turned off any liberal-minded fans, it probably was offset by the attention his appearance drew to the movie among conservatives, Dergarabedian said.

"Whatever he lost on the left, he gained on the right," Dergarabedian said.

The top five movies at U.S. and Canadian theaters Friday through Sunday, as compiled by Hollywood.com are:

End of Watch
Presented by: Open Road Films
Total collection: $13,152,683
House at the End of the Street
Presented by: Relativity
Total collection: $12,287,234
Trouble with the Curve
Presented by: Warner Bros.
Total collection: $12,162,040
Finding Nemo 3-D
Presented by: Disney
Total collection: $30,175,449
Resident Evil: Retribution
Presented by: Sony Screen Gems
Total collection: $33,469,530
Courtesy : Associated Press

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