Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters (in millions):
1. The Posession $9.5
2. Lawless $6
3. The Words $5
4. The Expendables $4.7
5. Bourne Legacy $4
6. ParaNorman $3.8
7. Odd Life of Timothy... $3.6
8. The Campaign $3.5
9. Dark Knight Rises $3.3
10. 2016: Obama’s America $3.3
Updated: October 11, 2012 6:19AM
LOS ANGELES — “The Possession” occupied the top spot at a nearly comatose box office.
The fright flick with Kyra Sedgwick and Jeffrey Dean Morgan playing the parents of a girl possessed by a demon earned $9.5 million in its second outing, the lowest grossing weekend for the box office this year and one of the worst weekends at the box office in a decade.
The weekend after Labor Day is typically the slowest of the year, but this weekend’s grosses were down 20 percent over last year when “Contagion” opened in first place with $22.4 million. “There just wasn’t a strong opener,” said Paul Dergarabedian, box-office analyst for Hollywood.com. “We came off a summer that ended with a whimper. There wasn’t any momentum.”