Box office roundup – Sept. 2, 2012 – “The Possession” takes over the box office

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Natasha Calis stars as ‘Em’ in “THE POSSESSION.”

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.

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Shia LaBeouf as Jack and Tom Hardy as Forrest in “LAWLESS.”

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.”

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(From left) Maggie (Yu Nan), Barney Ross (Sylvester Stallone), Gunner Jensen (Dolph Lundgren), Hale Caesar (Terry Crews) and Toll Road (Randy Couture) in “THE EXPENDABLES 2.”

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.

Mary Cybulski/Universal Studios
Aaron Cross’ (JEREMY RENNER) life-or-death stakes have been triggered by the events of the first three films.

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.

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Courtney, Alvin, Mitch, Norman, and Neil in “PARANORMAN.”

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.

2 thoughts on “Box office roundup – Sept. 2, 2012 – “The Possession” takes over the box office”

  1. Sorry once again the previews scared me to death. I just do not find being scared by a movie to be entertaining. As one gets older I guess the reality of the real death becomes more believable.

    1. I’d definitely imagine that would be the case. I wasn’t in any rush to see that one either. Those kind of horror films are always a bit too wrird for me to want to check out.

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