|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
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,
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: