411 Box Office Report: The Possession Stays at #1
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 09.09.2012
Horror film holds on during the weakest weekend in eleven years...
The Possession held onto the box office crown for the second weekend. The Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Kyra Sedgwick-led horror film brought in $9.5 million to retain the #1 spot. The film dropped 46%, which is very respectable for a horror film. The movie has now grossed $33.3 million domestically and $38.4 million worldwide on a $14 million budget.
Holding onto #2 was Lawless, the period crime drama starring Tom Hardy and Shia LaBeouf. The film brought in $6 million for its second weekend, giving it a decent second-weekend drop of 40%. The film has now brought in $23.5 million; no word on its budget.
Opening modestly at #3 in its opening week was Bradley Cooper's The Words. The CBS Films release brought in just $5 million in its first week from 2,801 theaters for a paltry $1,785 per-theater average. The film will likely be profitable through considering its small $6 million budget.
Slipping one spot to #4 in its fourth week was The Expendables 2. The action flick brought in $4.8 million, bringing its domestic gross to $75.4 million and its worldwide gross to $177.8 million. The sequel had a budget of $100 million.
The Bourne Legacy also dropped one spot, down to $5 in its fifth week with $4 million. The latest film in the Bourne franchise has now grossed $103.7 million domestically and $165 million worldwide on a budget of $125 million.
ParaNorman continued the one-spot slide, down to #6 in its fourth week. The movie brought in $3.8 million; it has now grossed $45.1 million domestically and $62.6 million worldwide. Its budget was $83 million.
Jennifer Garner's The Odd Life of Timothy Green was down a spot to #7 in its fourth week with $3.7 million. The fantasy drama has now grossed $43 million from a budget of $40 million.
Zack Galifianakis and Will Ferrell's The Campaign continued to show good legs, holding even at #8 in its fifth week with $3.5 million. The political comedy has brought in $79.5 million domestically and $81.6 million worldwide on a budget of $56 million.
The Dark Knight Rises was down two places to #9 in its eighth week, grossing $3.3 million. The film has now grossed $437.9 million domestically and $1.015 billion worldwide. It ranks at #8 on the all-time domestic chart (behind Shrek 2's $441.2 million) and #12 on the worldwide chart. The film's budget was $250 million.
Down one spot in its ninth week was the conservative documentary 2016 Obama's America, which continued to add theaters and finished at #10 with $3.3 million. It has grossed a total of $26.1 million and now ranks at #2 on the list of political documentaries, behind Fahrenheit 9/11 with $119.2 million.
The weekend box office tally was $65.4 million, down 20% from last year's $81.9 million gross that was topped by Contagion's $22.4 million opening. The weekend was the worst since that of September 21st through the 23, 2001.
Note: Numbers include Sunday estimates and are three-day estimates. A studio recoups 55% of a film's grosses on average, meaning it needs to approximately double its budget to be profitable during its theatrical run.
BOX OFFICE TOP TEN
1. The Possession - $9.5 million ($33.3 million total)
2. Lawless - $6 million ($23.5 million total)
3. The Words - $5 million ($5 million total)
4. The Expendables 2 - $4.8 million ($75.4 million total)
5. The Bourne Legacy - $4 million ($103.7 million total)
6. ParaNorman - $3.8 million ($45.1 million total)
7. The Odd Life of Timothy Green - $3.7 million ($43 million total)
8. The Campaign - $3.5 million ($79.5 million total)
9. The Dark Knight Rises - $3.3 million ($437.8 million total)
10. 2016 Obama's America - $3.3 million ($26.1 million total)