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'The Possession' wins Labor Day weekend with $17.7 million

Matisyahu, Natasha Calis, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Kyra Sedgwick star in "The Possession."

Story highlights

  • Horror film "The Possession" took first place this weekend
  • "Lawless" starring Shia LaBeouf came in second
  • "The Oogieloves in the BIG Balloon Adventure" did not fare well

Fortunately, almost every movie at the box office did better than "The Oogieloves in the BIG Balloon Adventure" did this weekend!

Scaring up better-than-expected numbers, Lionsgate's $14 million horror entry "The Possession" topped the box office over Labor Day weekend with a strong $17.7 million from the Friday-to-Sunday period. The studio expects that the film, which earned a "B" CinemaScore grade will earn about $21.3 million through Monday. The picture yielded a sturdy $6,294 per theater average from 2,816 locations.

In second place, The Weinstein Company's "Lawless" found a lighter $9.7 million from 2,888 theaters over the three day frame. The Shia LaBeouf/Tom Hardy crime drama, which had already earned $2.1 million on Wednesday and Thursday, now has $11.8 million total. Its six-day gross will likely climb to $13.5 million when Monday's numbers are accounted. Audiences awarded "Lawless" a "B+" CinemaScore grade.

"The Expendables 2" continued to find solid enough grosses, yet run behind its predecessor in its third weekend. The action ensemble grossed another $8.8 million, which lifts its domestic total to $66.2 million — The Expendables had earned $82.0 million at the same point in its run. At this point, Expendables 2 has no shot at breaking $100 million domestically.

In fourth place, "The Bourne Legacy" fell 22 percent to $7.2 million and has now earned $96.2 million total. In a few days, the film will pass the $100 million mark, which will mostly just be a PR victory. Universal's sequel won't earn back its $125 million budget domestically. Focus Features' "ParaNorman" rounded out the Top 5 with $6.6 million over three days. The dark 3-D kiddie flick has now earned $38 million total against an estimated $60 million budget.

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1. The Possession -- $17.7 million

2. Lawless -- $9.7 million

3. The Expendables 2 -- $8.8 million

4. The Bourne Legacy -- $7.2 million

5. ParaNorman -- $6.5 million

Two blockbusters reached major milestones this weekend. The Avengers, which took in another $2.2 million domestically after expanding back into 1,705 theaters, passed $1.5 billion worldwide. And The Dark Knight Rises passed $1 billion worldwide following a strong showing in China. Other milestones achieved this weekend include Hope Springs, which passed $50 million, and Hit & Run, which passed.... $10 million (sad trombone).

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