Supernatural thriller The Possession ranked no. 1 on US and Canadian box office charts on Sunday, dethroning two-time champ Expendables 2 and setting up for a likely win over the long US holiday weekend.
The Possession pulled in $17.7 million in North American ticket sales on Sunday and was expected to reach $21.3 million on Monday, according to studio estimates compiled by Reuters. Crime drama Lawless finished in second place, and Expendables 2 took the no. 3 slot.
The Possession is a horror film inspired by a newspaper account of a family that fights a demon known as a Dibbuk in ancient Yiddish folklore. The Dibbuk enters the body of a young woman, leaving her parents to figure out how to stop it. Kyra Sedgwick and Madison Davenport star in the film.
Lawless nabbed $9.6 million at North American (US and Canadian) theatres over the weekend. The movie stars Shia LaBeouf, Jason Clarke and Tom Hardy as bootlegging brothers in Prohibition-era Virginia.
Action movie Expendables 2 has dropped to the no. 3 spot after spending two weeks leading the North American charts after earning $8.8 million through Sunday which was expected to hit $11 million on Monday. The movie stars Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger and other 1980s tough guys as a group of spies sent on an easy mission that turns dangerous when they seek revenge for a murder.
The no. 4 spot belonged to another action sequel, The Bourne Legacy starring Jeremy Renner as a spy who tries to escape pursuers from the CIA. The film earned $7.2 million through three days.
Political documentary 2016: Obama’s America, which dropped from seventh place last week to ninth, pulled in $5.1.
Published in The Express Tribune, September 4th, 2012.
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