Well now, the actuals are in, and it looks like "End of Watch" has taken the top spot at the box office over the weekend.
As the estimates were being tallied, there was a dead heat or a photo finish, if you will. Forget photo finish, make that a movie still finish, or something more akin to movie talk. One term that still cannot be used, however, is boffo box office.
While the winner went over $13 million, the other leader, "House at the End of The Street," slipped below that mark.
1. "End of Watch" - $13,152,683
2. "House at the End of The Street" - $12,287,234
3. "Trouble with the Curve" - $12,162,040
If one needs to find a bright spot, take in another per screen average, but not for "The Master." Nope. This time, it is for "The Perks of Being a Wallflower." In only four theaters, it checked in with $57,090 per screen take. So, this year has a few winners among that lot. The top two of all time are "The Master" and "Moonrise Kingdom." The total take for "Wallflower" is $228,359.
In other movie news, Director George Sluizer is getting ready to release the film River Phoenix was working on when he died. "Dark Blood" will premiere this month at the Netherlands Film Festival in Utrecht.
The highly-anticipated "The Great Gatsby" will be released on May 10, 2013 and besides her headlining adventures, Lindsay Lohan is working. Not only taking her turn as Elizabeth Taylor in a TV movie called "Liz and Dick," she is also in the upcoming movie, "Scary Movie 5." She teams up with Charlie Sheen once again, and that alone will make some take a second look. A Jackie Robinson biopic will be released April 12, 2013. It is titled "42."
Finally, the continued tracking of "The Dark Knight Rises," until it officially closes, now sees it at No. 7 all time, worldwide. It passed "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest." Domestically, it is also No. 7 as it passed "Shrek 2."
Note:Box office results always begin with estimates and we figure them on Sunday for the afternoon news cycle, plus Monday morning. The actuals come out Monday and are seldom reported on unless it matters in the end. This time, it does (a tie) and when a blockbuster comes out with huge box office, it, too, needs a second look. And those tallies at the end of the year need them, too. Since the Emmys were Sunday, many outlets may overlook the actuals this time around. Not here.