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There's no getting around the truth: business continues to be bad. Although the top ten grossed a bit above last week's mediocre numbers, by this point most year's numbers are recovering with new, stronger releases upgrading performance. But compared to a year ago, grosses are down by a disastrous one third! Last year, three films grossed $5 milliion or more on Friday. This year, none did. The battle for #1 won't be resolved for sure until Monday, although the full weekend estimates will likely shift the top three. For their modestlevel of expense and ability to grow audiences in upcoming weeks, both "End of Watch" and "Trouble With the Curve"  show promise. But positive studio balance sheets won't make theater owners happy when they see a continuation of several weeks of box office slump that shows signs of getting worse, not better. 1. House at the End of the Street (Relativity) New - »

- Tom Brueggemann

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