1) End of Watch $13M
1) The House at the End of the Street $13M
3) Trouble with the Curve $12.7M
4) Finding Nemo 3D $9.4M
5) Resident Evil: Retribution $6.7M
6) Dredd 3D $6.3M
7) The Master $5.0M
Getting a read on this weekend is akin to attempting to make contact with a Steven Strasburg fastball. After a lengthy run of weaker-than-expected results at the box office, Hollywood has offered up something for everyone this weekend - there's not a demo unaccounted for. But based on the blase attitude exhibited by moviegoers over the past month, will the litany of quality options make a difference?
- Trouble with the Curve ($15M) - Fresh off his rambling rant to an empty stool, Eastwood returns to the big screen for the first time in four years with a baseball dramedy squarely targeting the older female demographic. Will Eastwood's RNC appearance bump up the take?
- Dredd 3D ($14M) - How volatile is the ultra-violent spectacle? I can see the thing banking anywhere from $10M up to $25M opening weekend. Holding to the lower end of that range but don't be shocked if it ends up topping the list.
- House at the End of the Street ($11M) - If not for
Katniss EverdeenJennifer Lawrence, this not-screened-for-critics wannabe fright fest would be DOA.
- Finding Nemo 3D ($10M) - While Nemo was no Simba, it's straight cash homey for the Mouse House just the same.
- End of Watch ($9M) - Another film that could very well surpass my estimate. Hard to peg this cop drama but Jake Gyllenhaal hasn't yet proven to be a bankable movie star.
Also: The Master - After raking the largest per theater average ever, the Paul Thomas Anderson masterpiece goes wider with around 800 sites as the Oscar buzz buoys more bombastic numbers.