‘The Possession’ Haunts Gloomy Box Office Weekend

By Bill Wine

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Like the final weekend of summer, the first weekend of fall was soft at the box office, to say the least.  The result was the first weekend in four years in which no movie earned as much as $10 million.

The horror thriller, The Possession, last weekend’s ticket-selling leader, was first pretty much by default, earning just over $9 million, according to studio estimates.

Second place went to the holdover Prohibition drama, Lawless, which took in $6 million.

In third was The Words, the debuting plagiarism drama starring Bradley Cooper and Jeremy Irons.  It took in $5 million.

And rounding out the top five were two holdover sequels, The Expendables 2 and The Bourne Legacy, each earning between $4 and $5 million.

Overall, not only was this the box-office low point of the year, it produced the lowest industry-wide total of the decade.

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