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September 24, 2012

'Watch,' 'House,' 'Curve' land in photo finish

LOS ANGELES (AP) — 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 throughout late summer. Revenues were down for the fourth-straight weekend, with all three of the top new movies opening to modest crowds.

Here are the estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Hollywood.com. Where available, latest international numbers are also included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.

1 (tie). "End of Watch," $13 million.

1 (tie). "House at the End of the Street," $13 million ($1.5 million international).

3. "Trouble with the Curve," $12.7 million.

4. "Finding Nemo," $9.4 million ($1.3 million international).

5. "Resident Evil: Retribution," $6.7 million ($30.5 million international).

6. "Dredd," $6.3 million ($2.2 million international).

7. "The Master," $5 million.

8. "The Possession," $2.6 million ($1.5 million international).

9. "Lawless," $2.32 million ($1.5 million international).

10. "ParaNorman," $2.3 million ($3 million international).

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