23 September 2012 9:41 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

The order for the top three is uncertain until Sunday actuals are reported Monday, with an unusual tie as of now for #1. Among those two films - "House at the End of the Street" and "End of Watch" - the latter, in fewer theaters, had the higher per screen average. For their modest level 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. There's no getting around it: business continues to be terrible. Although the top ten grossed 13% 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 29%! Last year, »

- Tom Brueggemann

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