Monday, September 10, 2012

Weekend Box Office: 'The Possession' At #1 In Worst Weekend This Year -

The Possession movie

In what many publications called a "nearly comatose" box office, Lionsgate Films' horror The Possession occupied the top spot for the second weekend in the row.

After debuting at #1 during Labor Day Weekend, the fright flick with Kyra Sedgwick and Jeffrey Dean Morgan, playing the parents of a girl possessed by a demon, earned $9.5 million. It was the lowest grossing weekend for the box office this year and one of the worst weekends at the box office in a decade. It marked the first time since 2008 that no film managed to crack the $10 million mark.

The bootlegging tale Lawless, starring Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy and Jessica Chastain, held at #2 in its second weekendm earning $6 million to bring its total haul to $23.5 million, while The Words featuring Bradley Cooper as an aspiring writer and Zoe Saldana as his girlfriend debuted in third place with $5 million.

The Expendables 2 earned $4.7 million in its fourth weekend, while The Bourne Legacy captured $4 million in its fifth outing at the box office.

The Cold Light of Day, the weekend's only other new major release, opened at the #13 spot with just $1.8 million. The film stars Henry Cavill and Bruce Willis, which follows a young Wall Street trader who is confronted by the people responsible for kidnapping his family during their sailing trip in Spain. At #14, an IMAX re-release of 1981's Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark collected $1.7 million. The film starring Harrison Ford as the iconic archaeologist is playing a limited engagement in 267 theaters.

Much later, Branded opened with just $251 at 300 theaters. It's set in a dystopian future where corporate brands have created a disillusioned population, and one man's effort to unlock the truth behind the conspiracy will lead to an epic battle with hidden forces that control the world.

That's a wrap for this weekend. This upcoming week, look out for the release of animated Finding Nemo (3D), and Sony's action/horror Resident Evil: Retribution, starring Milla Jovovich and Michelle Rodriguez.

This weekend's top 10 is as follows:

1. "The Possession," $9.5 million.
2. "Lawless," $6 million.
3. "The Words," $5 million.
4. "The Expendables 2," $4.7 million.
5. "The Bourne Legacy," $4 million.
6. "ParaNorman," $3.8 million.
7. "The Odd Life of Timothy Green," $3.6 million.
8. "The Campaign," $3.5 million.
9. "The Dark Knight Rises," $3.3 million.
10. "2016: Obama’s America," $3.3 million.

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