Jake Gyllenhaal’s thriller End of Watch and Jennifer Lawrence’s horror film House at the End of the Street have tied for top spot at the US box office.
According to early estimates, both films took $13 million each.
They were closely followed by third-placed film, Trouble with the Curve, starring Clint Eastwood and Amy Adams.
But it was another sluggish weekend overall, with revenues – $88 million – down 25% on the same time last year.
“This was a clash of the non-Titans,” said Paul Dergarabedian, analyst for box office tracker Hollywood.com.
“When three films are duking it out for the top spot with only around $13 million, that doesn’t represent a very strong period at the box office.”
British film Dredd had a disappointing opening, going in at number six with $6.3 million.
Perks, Emma Watson’s first film since Harry Potter, took $244,000 but only opened in four cinemas.
The 3D re-release of Finding Nemo was at number four, taking $9.4 million.
Resident Evil: Retribution slipped from the top spot to number five, with $6.7 million.
Other top ten films included The Master and ParaNorman.