Lionsgate’s supernatural thriller “The Possession” took first place this weekend with one of the best debuts ever for the Labor Day holiday.
Supernatural thriller The Possession took first place this weekend with one of the best debuts ever for the holiday, with the Lionsgate feature scaring up $17.7 million in its first three days in theaters.
Lawless took second place with $13 million over the four-day weekend, bringing the film’s six-day total to $15.1 million.
The Expendables 2, from Lionsgate and Millennium Films, fell to third place, bringing in $11.2 million over four days for a total of $68.6 million at the domestic box office.
Universal’s The Bourne Legacy followed in fourth place, making $7.3 million on its fourth weekend out for a total of $98.4 million, and is expected to pass $100 million by the end of the week.
Focus Features' animated family film ParaNorman came in fifth place, earning $6.57 million over the holiday weekend. The 3D stop-motion feature produced by Laika, the creative force behind Coraline, has now grossed a total of $40.3 million in its three weeks at the box office.
At number six, Buena Vista’s The Odd Life of Timothy Green, starring Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton as a childless couple who dream up a 10-year-old boy, made $6.25 million on its third week out for a total of $38.8 million.
In seventh place, Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises brought in $6.1 million over the holiday weekend, grossing $7.9 million over the four-day period for a total now at $433.2 million. The conclusion to the Batman trilogy is now poised to move up to eighth place on the all-time domestic chart by next weekend.
Warner Bros.' raunchy political comedy The Campaign, starring Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis, came in eighth place, making $5.7 million for a total of $73.2 million.
Dinesh D’Souza and John Sullivan’s documentary 2016: Obama's America came in ninth place, making $5.6 million over the weekend for a total of $20.2 million. The film is on pace to ultimately pass Bowling for Columbine ($21.6 million), An Inconvenient Truth ($24.1 million) and Sicko ($24.5 million) to become the second-highest-grossing political documentary ever.
Rounding out the list at number 10, Sony’s Hope Springs, starring Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones and Steve Carell, made $4.7million on its fourth weekend at the box office for a total of $52.1 million.
Oogieloves In The BIG Balloon Adventure, starring Toni Braxton, Christopher Lloyd, Cloris Leachman, Cary Elwes, Chazz Palminteri, and Jaime Pressly, was perhaps the biggest surprise of the weekend, placing #26 on the box office charts with a disappointing $445,000 on its debut weekend. The puppet feature, distributed by Kenn Viselman Presents, tops 2008's Delgo for the worst debut ever.
Box office numbers were obtained on boxofficemojo.com.
Jennifer Wolfe is Director of News & Content at Animation World Network.