'Possession' occupies top spot at weak box office

Associated Press Modified: September 10, 2012 at 4:48 pm •  Published: September 10, 2012
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The horror tale "The Possession" remained No. 1 at this year's weakest weekend box office, adding $9.3 million to its $33.1 million haul.

The fright flick starring Kyra Sedgwick and Jeffrey Dean Morgan as parents of a possessed girl stayed atop the box office in its second weekend, the lowest grossing this year.

The box office's total revenue of $67 million marked the worst weekend for the film industry since the weekend after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks when revenues were down to $59.7 million. It was also the first time since 2008 that no film managed to crack the $10 million mark.

The top 20 movies at U.S. and Canadian theaters Friday through Sunday, followed by distribution studio, gross, number of theater locations, average receipts per location, total gross and number of weeks in release, as compiled Monday by Hollywood.com are:

1. "The Possession," Lionsgate, $9,317,472, 2,834 locations, $3,288 average, $33,166,582, two weeks.

2. "Lawless," Weinstein Co., $6,007,036, 3,138 locations, $1,914 average, $23,525,455, two weeks.

3. "The Expendables 2," Lionsgate, $4,951,899, 3,260 locations, $1,519 average, $75,619,038, four weeks.

4. "The Words," CBS Films, $4,750,894, 2,801 locations, $1,696 average, $4,750,894, one week.

5. "ParaNorman," Focus, $4,195,415, 2,856 locations, $1,469 average, $45,452,876, four weeks.

6. "The Bourne Legacy," Universal, $3,969,330, 2,766 locations, $1,435 average, $103,628,825, five weeks.

7. "The Odd Life of Timothy Green," Disney, $3,650,158, 2,717 locations, $1,343 average, $43,007,208, four weeks.

8. "The Campaign," Warner Bros., $3,377,189, 2,542 locations, $1,329 average, $79,320,621, five weeks.

9. "2016: Obama's America," Rocky Mountain Pictures, $3,309,422, 2,017 locations, $1,641 average, $26,115,717, nine weeks.



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