‘The Possession’ tops N. America box office
LOS ANGELES, Sept 3 — Horror flick “The Possession” exorcised A-list action romp “The Expendables 2” from the top slot at the North American box office at the weekend, according to industry estimates released yesterday.
The newly-released supernatural thriller, which stars Kyra Sedgwick and Jeffrey Dean Morgan as divorcing parents trying to rid their daughter of an evil spirit, raked in US$17.7 million (RM53 million), said movie tracker Exhibitor Relations.
Another new release, Depression-era Western “Lawless,” took second place in the rankings but it lagged in takings – generating US$9.7 million on a slow, late summer weekend which will be followed by the Labour Day holiday on Monday.
“The Expendables 2” and “The Bourne Legacy” fell to third and fourth places, with US$8.8 million and US$7.2 million in ticket sales, respectively.
“Paranorman,” an animated movie about a boy who can speak to the dead, held onto its spot just behind the two action blockbusters, earning US$6.5 million in box office receipts.
And quirky fantasy-comedy “The Odd Life of Timothy Green” held steady at sixth place, bringing in US$6.1 million.
In seventh was “The Dark Knight Rises,” the latest Batman film, which took in US$5.9 million. The final installment in the trilogy directed by Christopher Nolan has so far raked in more than US$431 million.
Political spoof “The Campaign,” meanwhile, starring Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis, dropped to eighth place, with box office receipts of US$5.4 million, while “2016: Obama's America,” a documentary by conservative writer and commentator Dinesh D'Souza, came in ninth, with US$5.1 million.
And rounding out the top 10 was Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones's romantic comedy “Hope Springs,” with US$4.7 million in ticket sales. — AFP-Relaxnews