Weekend Recap: What Happened at the Box Office?

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In a violent, futuristic city where the police have the authority to act as judge, jury and executioner, a cop named Dredd (Karl Urban) teams with a trainee (Olivia Thirby) to take down a gang that deals the reality-altering drug, SLO-MO. Lena Headey portrays Ma Ma, the villainous prostitute-turned-drug lord whose also head of the drug-dealing gang. After one of her own is taken by Dredd's clan, Ma Ma wages a vicious war against the Judges that proves she will stop at nothing to protect her empire. Based on the 2000 AD comic book by Carlos Ezquerra & John Wagner, Dredd 3D is brought to life by screenwriter Alex Garland and director Pete Travis.
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September 24th, 2012

Weekend Recap: What Happened at the Box Office?

“House at the End of the Street” tied for first place at the box office during the weekend of September 21st, bringing in $13 million. Jennifer Lawrence stars as a young woman who moves into a seemingly peaceful neighborhood, only to discover disturbing secrets about what takes place behind the closed doors on her street. The PG-13 rating is due to teen partying, drug use, language, thematic elements and intense violence and terror.

“End of Watch” also earned $13 million, sharing top spot with “House at the End of the Street.” After what seems like an ordinary day patrolling the streets, two young cops find their lives changing dramatically when their actions catch the attention of a ruthless local drug cartel. The suspenseful movie has an R rating for disturbing imagery, violence, language, drug use and mature references.

“Trouble with the Curve” brought in $12,720,000 during its theater debut. As a passionate baseball scout grows older, he does not want to give up the job he loves, but his failing eyesight might force him to rethink his plans and accept the difficult changes life has to offer. The PG-13 rating is due to language, smoking, mature references and thematic material.

“Dredd 3D” landed in sixth spot, bringing in $6,300,000. In a bleak and lawless city, Judge Dredd fights to restore balance, and he is not afraid to use force. A dangerous new drug makes Dredd’s job a little harder. “Dredd 3D” has an R rating for mature content, drug use, language and strong violence.

Continuing Films

“Finding Nemo 3D” continued to hold steady in box office profits this weekend, earning over $9 million and bringing the total to over $29 million. Young Nemo just wants to experience life for himself, away from his neurotic father. When he ends up in deep trouble, though, Nemo is not sure how to find his way back home. “Finding Nemo 3D” is rated G.

“Resident Evil: Retribution” earned $6,700,000 this weekend. The total profits now reach over $33 million. When the Umbrella Corporation continues to threaten the future of humanity with a lethal virus, it is up a resistance movement to take a final stand against the corrupt pharmaceutical company. The R rating is due to violence.

“The Possession” made around $2,630,000 this weekend, with overall earnings topping $45 million. When a young girl purchases a box at a yard sale, she cannot anticipate the curse it holds inside. After she ends up possessed by a vengeful spirit, her parents are willing to risk everything to save their daughter’s life. The PG-13 rating is due to thematic material involving disturbing images and violence.

“Lawless” earned $2,321,000 in box office profits this weekend. Overall profits now reach over $34 million. Making a living during the Great Depression is challenging, and when somebody finds a recipe for success, everybody wants in. For the Bondurant brothers, this means trouble. Not only do they have to protect their illegal business from corrupt lawmen, they also have to deal with dishonest clients and jealous competitors. The Western has an R rating for language, nudity, mature content and strong violence.

Movies to DVD

“Marvel’s The Avengers” arrives out on DVD and Blu-Ray this Tuesday, September 25th, bringing excitement to home movie nights. The superhero flick unites the Incredible Hulk, Captain America, Iron Man, Thor and other crusaders. When Loki returns from exile with an army of aliens at his disposal, the heroes have to overcome their differences and fight for the fate of the planet. The movie has a PG-13 rating for a drug reference and sci-fi violence throughout.

“The Samaritan” stars Samuel L. Jackson as Foley, an ex-convict who is trying to make a fresh start in life and redeem himself from his past. When he encounters a friend who wants him to take part in one last crime, Foley has to make some difficult decisions. However, he soon realizes that the choice is not entirely his to make. “The Samaritan” is rated R due to drug use, mature content, violence and language.

“Damsels in Distress” is an offbeat and quirky comedy about three friends with an unconventional attitude towards life. At a prestigious school, the young women try to reach out to their gloomy male classmates in a variety of ways, some successful and some not so successful. The musical film has a PG-13 rating due to mature thematic content.

“The Tall Man” is a chilling thriller, available on DVD this Tuesday. A single mother in a small town does not know where to turn after her only child vanishes. She eventually has to start accepting that the weird rumors and myths she hears may hold a kernel of terrifying truth. The horror film’s R rating is due to language, violence and terror.