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Jennifer Lawrence, Jake Gyllenhaal movies tie at box office

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Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters (in millions):

1. End of Watch $13

(tie) House at the End.... $13

3. Trouble With the Curve $12.7

4. Finding Nemo 3D $9.4

5. Resident Evil $6.7

6. Dredd $6.3

7. The Master $5

8. The Possession $2.6

9. Lawless $2.32

10. ParaNorman $2.3

Updated: October 25, 2012 6:23AM

Hollywood is in photo-finish mode with three new movies bunched up tightly for the No. 1 spot during a sleepy weekend at the box office.

Studio estimates Sunday put two movies in a tie for first-place with $13 million each: Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena’s police story “End of Watch” and Jennifer Lawrence’s horror flick “House at the End of the Street.”

And right in the same ballpark was Clint Eastwood and Amy Adams’ baseball tale “Trouble with the Curve,” which opened with $12.7 million.

Actual rankings will be determined Monday as studios release final numbers for the weekend.

No matter which movie comes out on top, it was another slow weekend for Hollywood, whose business has been sluggish through late summer.

“This was a clash of the non-titans,” said Paul Dergarabedian, analyst for box-office tracker “When three films are duking it out for the top spot with only around $13 million, that doesn’t represent a very strong period at the box office.”

Open Road Films’ “End of Watch” stars Gyllenhaal and Pena as partners patrolling the mean streets of LA. Relativity Media’s “House at the End of the Street” casts “The Hunger Games” star Lawrence as a youth who moves with her mom next door to a house where bloody misdeeds took place years earlier.


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