23 September 2012 1:38 AM, PDT | Deadline Hollywood | See recent Deadline Hollywood news »

Saturday Pm/Sunday Am: This is one of those weekends which can only be described as box office hell for me. Because the three top pics are neck-and-neck for #1 this weekend. Final film order may come down to Sunday late shows on the West Coast. All four newcomers are low- to medium-budget movies, but none opened to more than $14M this weekend. And total filmgoing likely won’t add up to a lot more than $87M, which is down a big -20% from last year. “It’s a close race to mediocrity with no winners,” one movie exec snarked to me. Warner Bros is claiming Clint Eastwood’s baseball father-daughter melodrama Trouble With The Curve (3,212 theaters) is #1 this weekend. Not so fast. My sources already were calling it a “big disappointment” Friday. But it received a +32% Red State bump on Saturday to make it more competitive. A lot of uninformed »


- NIKKI FINKE

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