Labor Day Weekend Box Office: “The Possession” tops down frame

Horror flick "The Possession" topped the down Labor Day box office weekend.There is very little to say about the four-day holiday weekend box office, which saw two openers do relatively well, but not remarkably–“The Possession” with $21.3m and “Lawless” with $13.0m–and nearly every  holdover play to expectation. The one exception was the conservative documentary “2016: Obama’s America,” which grossed a surprisingly strong $7.1m, signaling that viewers outside of the core first-weekend Tea Party audience are giving the movie a try.

On the specialty circuit, there were a few solid performers — Focus’ phone sex comedy “For a Good Time, Call…” pulled in $186,000 from 23 sites for a per-theater-average of $8,087, Indomina’s IMAX 3D-only release of Jet Li’s “Flying Swords of Dragon Gate” did $125,000 on 15 screens for an average of $8,333, and IFC’s “Sleepwalk with Me” continued to do well with $409,000 from 29 theaters ($14,103 average). But will any of these become the indie breakout of late summer/early fall? It’s highly unlikely.

Check out the full four-day top 10 chart…

No. Title Weekend Per Theater Average Total
1 “The Possession” $21.3M $7,564 $21.3M
2 “Lawless” $13.0M $4,501 $15.1M
3 “The Expendables 2” $11.2M $3,359 $68.6M
4 “The Bourne Legacy” $9.8M $2,995 $98.4M
5 “ParaNorman” $8.9M $2,870 $40.3M
6 “The Odd Life of Timothy Green” $8.5M $3,227 $38.8M
7 “The Dark Knight Rises” $7.9M $3,626 $433.2M
8 “2016: Obama’s America” $7.1M $4,057 $20.2M
9 “The Campaign” $7.0M $2,387 $74.6M
10 “Hope Springs” $6.0M $2,458 $53.4M

Source: Box Office Mojo