Relativity's "House at the End of the Street" was tied with Open Road's gritty cop drama "End of Watch" atop soft box office on Sunday
"End of Watch" claimed box office bragging rights for the weekend, as final numbers released Monday showed the gritty police drama from Open Road Films took in $13.2 million over the three days.
That gave it the edge over Relativity's Jennifer Lawrence thriller "House at the End of the Street," which wound up with $12.2 million. On Sunday, the two films were in a virtual tie for the top box office spot with both studios estimating a total of $13 million. But only "End of Watch" made that figure.
Warner Bros. Clint Eastwood's baseball movie "Trouble With the Curve" finished with $12.1 million, which was under the $12.7 million the studio had estimated Sunday.
David Ayer, who wrote the screenplay for 2001's "Training Day,' wrote and directed the R-rated "End of Watch." It stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena as young LAPD officers who are marked for death after confiscating money and guns from drug cartel members during a routine traffic stop.
Industry analysts had "End of Watch" coming in third prior to the weekend, and Open Road said it was pointing for an $8 million opening, so the numbers are a pleasant surprise. The indie distributor paid about $2 million for the movie, which was financed and produced by Exclusive Media for around $7 million.
Word of mouth looks to have been a factor. The film was well-reviewed and moviegoers gave it an "A-" CinemaScore.
For the Record: An earlier version of this story incorrectly said that Open Road paid $7 million to acquire "End of Watch." It paid about $2 million for the film, which had a $7 million production budget.