Movie theatres don’t typically pack out on Labor Day weekend, and this year was no exception. New horror release ‘The Possession’ easily topped the box office this week with $17.7 million, neatly recouping its $14 million budget. While this is a bit off from other recent Lionsgate horror releases, it’s fairly strong for the holiday weekend, and it marks the seventh weekend so far this year that Lionsgate has held the top spot at the box office. To put that in perspective, they’re now tied with Sony and Universal, two studios that have traditionally far outpaced the smaller Lionsgate.
‘Lawless’ opened in second place with $9.7 million. With the gritty promo spots and the big cast, including Tom Hardy (fresh off ‘The Dark Knight Rises’), it’s understandable that viewers expected more from the film. Still, with the period setting and visuals, ‘Lawless’ would have had a tough time on any weekend, so a number two spot isn’t too shabby.
‘The Expendables’ slipped to third place with $8.8 million. The movie is struggling to recoup its $100 million budget (so far, the film has grossed $66.2 million) and continues to trail the original film by about $16 million.
‘The Bourne Legacy’ had a light drop from third to fourth place, bringing in $7.2 million. It’s almost to the $100 million mark (currently sitting at $96 million), so it might barely hit the $120 million benchmark established by its predecessors. That doesn’t bode well for any more sequels with Jeremy Renner, unless Universal can pull a killer script out of their pocket.
‘ParaNorman’ rounded out the top five with $6.6 million. The movie has now grossed roughly $38 million, which is low even for a stop-motion film.
The other major release of the weekend was ‘Oogieloves in the BIG Balloon Adventure’, which managed to astound everyone by putting in the worst ever debut for a movie released in 2,000+ theatres. Drawing just $448,000 from 2,160 theatres, and averaging a mere $207 per-theatre average—the second-worst ever—the movie debuted all the way down at number twenty-six on the domestic chart. Against a $20 million budget, well, this one was ll hot air and no substance.