1. The Possession – $20 million [debut week] Lionsgate’s horror/thriller easily took the box office title in its opening week. September is a bleak month for movies so this could have some staying power it might not otherwise have had any other month.
2. Lawless – $14 million [debut week] – The Prohibition-era film had a decent opening, but it shows that Shia LaBeouf – the lead most prominently featured in the commercials and trailers – isn’t a draw when he’s not attached to a Michael Bay spectacle masquerading as “Transformers.”
3. The Expendables 2 – $12 million [$59.5 million total; 3rd week] – The two-time champ gets knocked down to third place this week. I’m surprised the film hasn’t done better – right now it trails the original by $16 million from the same three-week run. The original went on to earn $103 million, but the sequel likely won’t match that total. Fortunately, Stallone and company have already begun early plans for “The Expendables 3″ so I can get another shot of brainless, crazy action starring my favorite action heroes from the 80s and 90s.
4. The Bourne Legacy -$6.2 million [$90.8 million total; 4th week] – This is still the low grosser of the franchise (the third installment, The Bourne Ultimatum, earned $227 million) but Universal looks to have made a smart decision in not letting series star Matt Damon’s departure prevent them from keeping the Bourne films going. And with a weak September, “Legacy” has a shot of beating out “The Bourne Identity’s” gross of $121 million.
5. ParaNorman – $6 million [$32.9 million in total; 3rd week] – The stop-motion/3D kid’s thriller rounds out the top 5 for another week.