Adding intrigue to an otherwise blah weekend, Hollywood was unable to declare a box office winner on Sunday as a trio of films all landed in the same range.
Initial estimates show Jake Gyllenhaal-Michael Pena's cop drama End of Watch -- the only film to overperform -- and Jennifer Lawrence horror pic House at the End of the Street topping the domestic box office with $13 million, but those estimates could be too bullish.
Clint Eastwood's new baseball drama Trouble with the Curve, from Warner Bros., earned an estimated $12.7 million.
The true weekend winner will be determined Monday morning when actual Sunday grosses come in.
Open Road Films is distributing End of Watch, while Relativity Media is handling House at the End of the Street.
Elsewhere at the box office, Paul Thomas Anderson's Scientology-inspired The Master climbed up the box office chart to No. 7 as it expanded into a total of 788 theaters, grossing $5 million for a 10-day domestic cume of $6.1 million. The film, from The Weinstein Co. and starring Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman, opened last weekend in five locations in New York and Los Angeles.
The Master scored a per location average of $6,345, the best of any film in on the top 10 chart. It also did nearly as much as new entry Dredd, which opened to a disappointing $6.4 million despite strong reviews. Lionsgate is distributing the 3D pic.
- Clint Eastwood