Collecting only around $9.5 million, 'The Possession' scores the worst weekend gross since Nicolas Cage's 'Bangkok Dangerous' led the chart in 2008 with only $7.7 million.
"The Possession" stays atop the North American box office during the lowest weekend in years. This week, none of the movies on the chart could even surpass the $10 million mark. As a defending champion, the Ole Bornedal-directed horror film only grabs an estimated $9.5 million for a total cume of $33.3 million.
The top 12 movies on box office this weekend take in only $51.9 million, which is the worst top 12 total gross since September 5-7, 2008 when Nicolas Cage's "Bangkok Dangerous" led the chart with just $7.7 million. At that time, the top 12 movies only collected $50.3 million.
Furthermore, this weekend also marks the worst cumulative ticket sales in more than a decade. The lowest ticket sales took place on September 21-23, 2001 or two weekends after the 9/11 taragedy. At that time, Mariah Carey's "Glitter" was the only new release in theaters.
John Hillcoat's "Lawless" secures the runner-up spot with around $6 million. It bags a total cume of $23.5 million after two weeks of playing in cinemas Stateside. On the other hand, Bradley Cooper's "The Words" has a slow opening by landing on third place with approximately $5 million.
The fourth and fifth spots are claimed by "The Expendables 2" and "The Bourne Legacy" respectively. The star-studded actioner collects an estimated $4.7 million for a total gross of $75.4 million, while the special agent film takes in around $4 million for a total cume of $103.7 million.
Top Ten Movies at Box Office for September 7-9:
- "The Possession" - $9.5 million
- "Lawless" - $6 million
- "The Words" - $5 million
- "The Expendables 2" - $4.7 million
- "The Bourne Legacy" - $4 million
- "ParaNorman" - $3.8 million
- "The Odd Life of Timothy Green" - $3.6 million
- "The Campaign" - $3.5 million
- "The Dark Knight Rises" - $3.2 million
- "2016: Obama's America" - $3.2 million