`The Possession` tops weekend Box Office with $17.7m revenue

Updated: Sep 03, 2012, 13:07 PM IST

New York: Lionsgate’s ‘The Possession’ took hold of the top spot at the box office with a 17.7-million-dollar collection while the polarizing documentary ‘2016: Obama’s America’ continued to win the populist vote in a landslide.

‘The Possession’, purported to be based on “a true story” of a cursed box containing a Jewish demon, took advantage of a PG-13 rating and a summer drought of horror movies to perform better than expected.

‘2016: Obama’s America’ has been drawing crowds even at the Union Square Stadium 14 in the heart of Democrat-leaning Manhattan, the New York Daily News reported.

The movie, co-directed by conservative scholar Dinesh D’Souza, earned another 5.1 million dollars as it expanded to 1,747 screens.

The Weinstein Co.’s ‘Lawless’, which opened on Wednesday, finished in second place over the weekend with 9.7 million dollars.

Lionsgate also continued to cash in with ‘The Expendables 2’, which was the box office champ for the two previous weekends, which added 8.8 million dollars to its total collection.

Universal’s ‘The Bourne Legacy’ continued to inch towards the 100-million-dollar mark, finishing fourth with 7.2 million dollars.

‘The Oogieloves’ - another independently distributed movie, proved to be a horror of a different kind. The family movie’s 207-dollar per screen take is the lowest ever for a wide release, Variety reported.

The top 10 movies at the weekend box office were:

The Possession - 17.7 million dollars
Lawless - 9.7 million
The Expendables 2 - 8.8 million dollars
The Bourne Legacy - 7.2 million dollars
ParaNorman - 6.6 million dollars
The Odd Life of Timothy Green - 6.1 million dollars
The Dark Knight Rises - 5.9 million dollars
The Campaign - 5.4 million dollars
2016: Obama’s America - 5.1 million dollars
Hope Springs - 4.7 million dollars