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Weekend Box-Office: September 7-9, 2012

Sep. 9, 2012by: Dave Davis

The box office: Repossessed!

Wow, when the summer movie season officially ended, it really snuffed out the embers of box office -- this was one of the worst weekends in years for the movie business. Theaters were like a police barricade at a crime scene: nothing to see here, please move along.

Last weekend's winner took the top honor (such as it is) for a second week as the supernatural thriller THE POSSESSION put the frighteners on audiences again with a mere $9.5 million. The Sam Raimi-produced spooker has a $33.3 million total so far, already making back twice its modest production budget (Raimi's own recent horror directing effort DRAG ME TO HELL ended up with $42.1 million).

Behind those Dybbuk Box chills was another holdover, the bootlegger crime story LAWLESS with $6 million. At a $23.5 million total, it's the biggest film so far from director John Hillcoat, although THE ROAD and THE PROPOSITION were limited releases (LAWLESS is in more than 3000 theaters). Have to wonder if it would be doing better if star Tom Hardy's face wasn't obscured during his appearance in the second-biggest movie of 2012...

In third place was the weekend's only new wide release, the Bradley Cooper drama THE WORDS. Being the Sexiest Man Alive doesn't necessarily translate to box office bucks, and the movie opened with just $5 million (although the budget was reportedly only $6 million, so it's not too bad if you look at it that way).

After that was a close and not terribly interesting race, with THE EXPENDABLES 2 creaking along as THE BOURNE LEGACY passes $100 million and the remainder of the chart, from PARANORMAN on down, settles in the threes.

At $437.8M so far, THE DARK KNIGHT RISES has now battled to #8 on the all-time domestic chart. And while that's still miles away from THE DARK KNIGHT's $533.3M domestic haul (it's at #4), RISES has passed its worldwide total just as it also swoops past STAR WARS: EPISODE I - THE PHANTOM MENACE to take the #10 spot among all-time global moneymakers.

Meanwhile, the $26 million total for 2016 OBAMA'S AMERICA makes it the second-biggest politcal documentary behind Michael Moore's FAHRENHEIT 9/11 (with $119.1M). Outside the chart, the Henry "New Superman" Cavill thriller THE COLD LIGHT OF DAY stiffed with $1.8M, the limited-release comedy BACHELORETTE had a higher per-screen average than anything in the Top 10, and the IMAX release of RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (on Blu-Ray later this month) brought in $1.7 million on 267 gigantic screens.

Next weekend has Milla Jovovich battling zombies and corporate villainy for her fifth time in RESIDENT EVIL: RETRIBUTION, while fish get extradimensionalized for the Pixar reissue FINDING NEMO 3D and limited releases include Paul Thomas Anderson's ancitipated THE MASTER, the Richard Gere drama ARBITRAGE, and Nic Cage's latest (surprisingly not direct-to-video) actioner STOLEN.

What's your favorite film by THE MASTER director Paul Thomas Anderson? VOTE HERE!

# MOVIE TITLE WKND $ TOTAL $
1. The Possession $9.5 M $33.3 M
2. Lawless $6 M $23.5 M
3. The Words $5 M
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4. The Expendables 2 $4.7 M $75.4 M
5. The Bourne Legacy $4 M $103.7 M
6. ParaNorman $3.8 M $45 M
7. The Odd Life of Timothy Green $3.6 M $43 M
8. The Campaign $3.5 M $79.4 M
9. The Dark Knight Rises $3.2 M $437.8 M
10. 2016 Obama's America $3.2 M $26 M

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Source: Box Office Mojo

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4:17PM on 09/09/2012

The Possession

Wow The Possession is top box-office for 2 weeks in a row... That means there will be a SEQUEL! :D
Wow The Possession is top box-office for 2 weeks in a row... That means there will be a SEQUEL! :D
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6:18PM on 09/09/2012
Good for Jeffrey Dean Morgan. He's having a great year with a hit movie and television show, Magic City (which is great by the way). The guy is a great underrated actor who deserves all the success he gets.
Good for Jeffrey Dean Morgan. He's having a great year with a hit movie and television show, Magic City (which is great by the way). The guy is a great underrated actor who deserves all the success he gets.
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6:31PM on 09/09/2012
Make way for The Possession 2: Electric Possessedaloo.

Make way for The Possession 2: Electric Possessedaloo.

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7:08PM on 09/09/2012
Ummm...there was nothing worth seeing Hollywood. Why are you surprised it was a shit weekend?
Ummm...there was nothing worth seeing Hollywood. Why are you surprised it was a shit weekend?
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7:43PM on 09/09/2012

The Branding

Saw the forgotten film of the weekend, The Branding, the theater I saw it at nver had a pposter up for it or ever ran a trailer for it. And y'know, it was a movie well worth ignoring.
Saw the forgotten film of the weekend, The Branding, the theater I saw it at nver had a pposter up for it or ever ran a trailer for it. And y'know, it was a movie well worth ignoring.
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9:26PM on 09/09/2012
What is it with Americans and demonic possession movies???
What is it with Americans and demonic possession movies???
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11:27PM on 09/09/2012
'Raiders' rocked the IMAX
'Raiders' rocked the IMAX
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12:12AM on 09/10/2012
Henry Cavill is looking at his numbers for The Cold Light of Day right now and is probably laughing because Man of Steel is going to make him so much.
Henry Cavill is looking at his numbers for The Cold Light of Day right now and is probably laughing because Man of Steel is going to make him so much.
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9:54AM on 09/10/2012

A message for the studios.

I know this is a wild idea, but how about, instead of saving your shitty films for these post-summer months leading up to November and December, why not release some of your BETTER films during this time period. You'd be amazed by how many people would still be willing to go to the movie theater if there was actually something decent playing.

Or, you know, you could carry on releasing Resident Evil and Generic Demonic Possession movies and blame the poor box office on Obama.
I know this is a wild idea, but how about, instead of saving your shitty films for these post-summer months leading up to November and December, why not release some of your BETTER films during this time period. You'd be amazed by how many people would still be willing to go to the movie theater if there was actually something decent playing.

Or, you know, you could carry on releasing Resident Evil and Generic Demonic Possession movies and blame the poor box office on Obama.
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12:16PM on 09/10/2012

RAIDERS IMAX!!!!

Go see "Raiders" on the IMAX screen. Drive to see it, you will not be disappointed!
Go see "Raiders" on the IMAX screen. Drive to see it, you will not be disappointed!
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