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Tuesday
Sep252012

"End of Watch" Wins Box Office

Open Road Films(NEW YORK) -- The weekend box office competition has ended with a victory for End of Watch.

The police drama, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena, earned $13.2 million from Friday through Sunday to debut in first place, according to final box office totals released Monday.

Estimates had placed End of Watch in a tie for the top spot with the horror film House at the End of the Street, which opened in second place, with $12.3 million.  The Clint Eastwood baseball drama Trouble with the Curve is close behind, with $12.2 million.

Here are the updated box office totals, according to Hollywood.com:

1. End of Watch, $13.2 million
2. House at the End of the Street, $12.3 million
3. Trouble with the Curve, $12.2 million
4. Finding Nemo 3-D, $9.6 million
5. Resident Evil: Retribution, $6.7 million
6. Dredd, $6.3 million
7. The Master, $4.4 million
8. The Possession, $2.6 million
9. ParaNorman, $2.3 million
10. Lawless, $2.3 million

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Monday
Sep242012

Weekend Box Office Race Ends in Tie for First Place

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The weekend box office watch will continue into Monday after two films tied for first place.

The Jake Gyllenhaal police drama End of Watch and the Jennifer Lawrence horror flick House at the End of the Street both debuted with an estimated $13 million to share the top spot.

Not far behind was Clint Eastwood’s baseball film, Trouble with the Curve, which opened with $12.7 million.

The final totals will be released Monday.

Last week’s box office champ, Resident Evil: Retribution, fell to the fifth spot, collecting $6.7 million.

The comic adaptation Dredd bowed in sixth place, with $6.3 million, and in its first weekend in wide release, The Master pulled in $5 million.

Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Sunday, with estimated ticket sales, according to Hollywood.com:

1T. End of Watch, $13 million.
1T. House at the End of the Street, $13 million.
3. Trouble with the Curve, $12.7 million.
4. Finding Nemo, $9.4 million.
5. Resident Evil: Retribution, $6.7 million.
6. Dredd, $6.3 million.
7. The Master, $5 million.
8. The Possession, $2.6 million.
9. Lawless, $2.32 million.
10. ParaNorman, $2.3 million.

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Friday
Sep212012

Movie Review: "End of Watch"

Open Road Films(NEW YORK) -- Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena are very good at what they do. I’m not talking about their characters in End of Watch.  I’m talking about their vocation.  Gyllenhaal has had both critical and popular success, and while Pena has had the critical acclaim, he hasn’t yet enjoyed the fame he so rightfully deserves.  End of Watch may change that.
 
Gyllenhaal and Pena are LAPD officers Brian Taylor and Mike Zavala.  In our opening scene they're in their police cruiser, chasing a couple of gang-banging perps. We see things from the point of view of the cruiser -- moving in out of narrow alleys, traversing the narrow streets of east L.A. while Gyllenhaal’s Taylor treats the audience to a compelling voiceover narration-slash-lecture of what it means to be a cop, how cops approach their job and why they do what they do.
 
I'm no fan of voiceovers, especially when the first thing you hear is a voiceover matched to the action on the screen.  There are, however, always exceptions to this rule, and the opening of End of Watch is one of them.
 
Taylor is a former Marine and Zavala, who meets Taylor at the police academy, is a high school stoner with no direction but who's compelled to seek a career by the love of his high school sweetheart and wife, Gabby.  Zavala’s Mexican heritage is a badge of honor as pronounced as the LAPD shield he wears on his chest, while Taylor is confident and handsome, a whip-smart thrill seeker. In many ways they're opposites, in others they're exactly alike.  Whatever the equation, they're best friends and brothers in every sense of the word.
 
If all of this sounds a little clichéd, it gets worse. Writer-director David Ayer (Training Day) employs the “found footage” technique, as much of what we see comes from cameras Taylor is using for a film class.  Seriously.  At first, the idea was bothersome and quite frustrating -- a tired genre (the buddy cop movie) utilizing an overused, abused style.  But good storytelling and great acting will always overcome clichés, even when the plot itself -- our cops ultimately find themselves the targets of a drug cartel -- is a cliché.
 
Even with those usual conceits, End of Watch is an unusual cop drama. While it puffs out its chest with plenty of grit, action and salty language, beneath that chest is a huge heart, bursting with warmth and humor. More than anything else, this is a love story between two men who care deeply for each other, their families, their significant others and their community. In the history of great cop movies, you’ll be hard-pressed to find better chemistry between two actors than Gyllenhaal and Pena (a big statement, I know).  Director David Ayer's Training Day, which he wrote, helped guide Denzel Washington to an Oscar.  With End of Watch, perhaps he’ll guide Gyllenhaal and Pena to nominations, too.
 
Four-and-a-half out of five stars.

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