End of Watch weekend’s #1

When numbers count

BOXOFFICEMOJO

September 21-23, 2012

TW LW Title (click to view) Studio Weekend Gross % Change Theater Count / Change Average Total Gross Budget* Week #
1 N End of Watch ORF $13,152,683 2,730 $4,818 $13,152,683 $7 1
2 N House at the End of The Street Rela. $12,287,234 3,083 $3,985 $12,287,234 $10 1
3 N Trouble with the Curve WB $12,162,040 3,212 $3,786 $12,162,040 1

Sorry this is a very short update, I’ll be back as soon as I’ll wrap this business trip up. I couldn’t not post about this box office AMAZING result though and childishly stick my tongue out to Nikki Finke who recently stated that Jake Gyllenhaal is ‘box office poison’. Instead, Jake’s hard work has paid off and if there’s any truth in this breaking news then we’re in for a lot more of Jake in the future.

“Looks like Jake Gyllenhaal isn’t quite ready to end his watch just yet. Thesp is in talks to play a detective investigating the kidnapping of a young girl in Alcon Entertainment’s “Prisoners.” Discussions are ongoing, and if the deal closes, Gyllenhaal would join Hugh Jackman and Melissa Leo with Denis Villeneuve (“Incendies”) helming.

Script, penned by Aaron Guzikowski, revolves around a small-town carpenter whose young daughter and best friend are kidnapped. After the cops fail to find them, he takes the law into his own hands, but in the process runs up against the big-city detective assigned to the case.

Alcon toppers Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson are producing, along with 8:38 Productions’ Kira Davis and Madhouse Entertainment’s Adam Kolbrenner. Ed McDonnell and John Stark exec produce.

Production is scheduled to begin in early 2013. Alcon is targeting a Fall 2013 release through its output deal with Warner Bros.

Gyllenhaal caught wind of the project after Villeneuve mentioned it while the two were filming indie thriller “An Enemy.” Gyllenhaal had been considering the project for some time but discussions stalled; thesp re-engaged after a recent script polish.

News of the potential casting comes after a big week for the actor: Besides “End of Watch,” a critical success that over-performed to be No. 1 at the domestic B.O. with $13.2 million, the WME-repped Gyllenhaal also had his U.S. stage debut in the off-Broadway play “If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet.”

If you saw End of Watch or Jake’s play ‘If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet’ your comments and reviews are welcome here. See you in a couple of days with a thorough catch up and again CONGRATULATIONS to Jake and the End of Watch gang!

6 thoughts on “End of Watch weekend’s #1

  1. Love the screen cap of the results. Love the results. Love the movie. Love that there’s a potential new movie.

    I’m full of love today, so I won’t say anything about Nikki Finke 🙂

    • LOL Thank you Sarah, I share your sentiments of love. What a fantastic week/month/year for Jake. I read that you saw the play, it must have been an amazing experience. Too bad he didn’t stay for the talkback.

  2. I thought Jake did a wonderful job in End of Watch. There was wonderful chemistry between him and Mike. However, the plot seemed disjointed. I wish that the drug cartel story was developed more. Perhaps have the gang stalk Brian and Mark where they have to go in hiding and protect their families. I think Jake should get an Oscar nod, even though I don’t feel the same about the movie itself. End of watch gets 3 out of 5 stars from me.

    • Thank you so much Rebecca for your review. I think what we, as fans, can be sometimes even more objective than a professional critic. I’m glad that Jake is getting high praise both for End of Watch and for the play, I wish for him more than anything that his versatility and talent as an actor get recognized.

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