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Box office report: 'The Possession' leads the worst weekend in over a decade

Chances are, you weren’t at the movies this weekend. Not a single film at the box office reached $10 million. Call it the curse of The Oogieloves.

The Top 12 films grossed a depressingly low $51.9 million — the worst Top 12 total since Sept. 5-7, 2008, when Nicolas Cage flop Bangkok Dangerous led the chart with $7.7 million and the Top 12 films earned $50.3 million.

Even more distressingly, this weekend marked the lowest cumulative ticket sales in over a decade. The last frame to notch worse overall ticket sales was Sept. 21-23, 2001 — two weekends after the 9/11 attacks — when only one new wide release entered theaters: Mariah Carey’s infamous bomb Glitter. (Keep in mind, as final weekend results come in on Monday, things could change. Stay tuned.)

Lionsgate’s $14 million horror entry The Possession once again topped the chart with $9.5 million. The film, which earned a “B” CinemaScore grade last week, enjoyed a better than expected hold (it dropped 46 percent) — especially since its debut results were inflated by it bowing on a holiday weekend. After ten days, The Possession has earned $33.3 million, and by the end of its run, it may possess close to $50 million total. READ FULL STORY

Box office update: 'The Possession' tops Friday with $2.9 million on an utterly awful weekend

For the second weekend in a row, Lionsgate’s $14 million horror film The Possession will top the box office.

That’s not necessarily a testament to the film’s quality, though — it’s a sign that moviegoers have been trained to avoid the theater in early September, and that this weekend’s newcomers are true box office misfires. In fact, this weekend will likely be the first time in more than a decade (since Sept. 21-23, 2001, when Hardball topped the chart) that the Top 12 movies didn’t cumulatively earn at least $50 million. Heck, they’ll be lucky to make $40 million!

The Possession earned $2.9 million on Friday — a healthy (for a horror movie) drop of 52 percent from its opening Friday. The Possession may scare up about $9 million by Sunday, easily giving it a second weekend in first place and a running total of $32.8 million. READ FULL STORY

Box office report: 'Expendables 2' pummels puny newcomers with $13.5 million; Anti-Obama doc '2016' breaks out

You know you’ve reached the summer box office doldrums when not a single new wide release is able to break $7 million over the Friday-to-Sunday period.

Such was the case this weekend, when the top 12 movies grossed a cumulative $83.4 million, which makes this the least attended frame at the box office since December 9-11, 2011, when the top 12 films earned just $67.8 million.

Once again, The Expendables 2 led the chart, dropping 53 percent from its opening frame to $13.5 million — the lowest total for a No. 1 movie since that aforementioned December frame when New Year’s Eve topped the chart with a sad $13.0 million.

After ten days, The Expendables 2, which carries a reported $100 million budget, has grossed $52.3 million and is running well behind the total of the original Expendables, which had grossed $65.4 million at the same point in its run. The Lionsgate action entry may finish with just under $80 million.

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Box office update: '2016: Obama's America' tops newcomers on Friday, 'Expendables 2' headed to weekend win

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With the exception of one ultra-buzzy political documentary, this weekend at the box office is shaping up to be an unremarkable one.

The Expendables 2 maintained the top spot on Friday, shooting up $3.9 million worth of tickets, which should lead to a $12 million weekend — a 58 percent decline from last week, when it topped the chart. By Sunday, the action film will have about $51 million total. READ FULL STORY

Box office report: 'Expendables 2' shoots to the top with $28.8 million, but newcomers don't 'Sparkle'

Four weeks after the shootings in Aurora, Colo., the box office remains in a relative slump — despite performing over 20 percent better than the same weekends in 2011 and 2010.

According to industry consulting firm Screen Engine, 17 percent of moviegoers are still reluctant to head to the theater following the shooting. While that number has dropped from the 21 percent who claimed they were reluctant one week after the shooting, it’s still telling — and discouraging — for Hollywood. Fortunately, moviegoers have a lot of options to choose from. When the top seven movies at the box office all earn over $10 million, it’s clear that the box office isn’t in totally dire straits, but it doesn’t seem to be firing on all cylinders.

Sylvester Stallone and his weathered crew of grizzly action stars (and fresh-faced Liam Hemsworth) pushed their explosive sequel The Expendables 2 to a $28.8 million debut, 17 percent lower than the $34.8 million bow of 2010′s original Expendables. The number one debut marks the first time pop culture icon Chuck Norris has ever topped the box office. There really is nothing he can’t do.

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Box office update: 'Expendables 2' blasts off with $10.5M Friday; 'Dark Knight Rises' passes $400M

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Sylvester Stallone and his motley crew of The Expendables 2 co-stars handily blazed to the top of the box office on Friday, shooting up $10.5 million, which should yield a final weekend gross in the $27 million range.

While the grizzled action heroes will nab the number one spot on the chart this weekend, Expendables 2 is already proving weaker — despite more muscle — than its 2010 predecessor, which grossed $13.3 million on its opening day (21% higher than Expendables 2) on the way to a $34.3 million weekend.

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Box office report: 'Bourne Legacy' rides away with $40.3 million; 'Campaign' strong at No. 2

Despite the departure of star Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass, the Bourne franchise still ruled the box office this weekend.

The Bourne Legacy, Universal’s $125 million sequel/reboot, which stars Jeremy Renner as a new (but similarly brainwashed) secret agent, topped the chart with an estimated $40.3 million from 3,745 locations

The action film debuted higher than franchise launchpad The Bourne Identity, which grossed $27.1 million in its 2002 opening weekend, but it will need solid word of mouth (which may not be merited by its lukewarm “B” CinemaScore grade) to match that film’s $121.7 million finish. Legacy was unable to reach the heights of its two predecessors, though. 2004′s The Bourne Supremacy started with $52.5 million on the way to $176.2 million, and 2007′s The Bourne Ultimatum started with $69.3 million en route to a $227.5 million finish. READ FULL STORY

Box office update: 'Bourne Legacy' scores $14 million on Friday, tops 'The Campaign'

Universal’s $125 million Matt Damon-less thriller The Bourne Legacy easilytopped the box office on Friday with $14 million. The Jeremy Renner action entry may take in about $40 million over the weekend period, and while that total would fall short of its 2007 predecessor, The Bourne Ultimatum, which started with $69.3 million, it’s a solid start for the rebooted franchise. READ FULL STORY

Box office preview: 'The Bourne Legacy' and 'The Campaign' duke it out

After a full three weeks atop the chart The Dark Knight Rises will likely descend a few spots this weekend due to the arrival of The Bourne Legacy and The Campaign.

The two male-driven tentpoles are looking to make a big splash, while fellow newcomer Hope Springs, which debuted on Wednesday, will likely make smaller waves. Here’s how the box office might shake out:

1. The Bourne Legacy – $37 million

Universal spent $125 million on this sequel, which has Jeremy Renner taking over the franchise from Matt Damon. Although Renner’s profile was certainly raised by his presence in The Avengers and Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, he’s not a proven box office draw on his own, and fans who loved the pairing of Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass (both of whom are out) may stay away. Thus, it’s likely that Legacy will start off with about half of what 2007′s The Bourne Ultimatum opened with ($69.3 million), but the franchise has ample credibility working in its favor. Action fans should turn out in large enough numbers to give the film a $37 million debut. READ FULL STORY

'The Campaign' poster: Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis go nose-to-nose

Jay Roach directed Game Change, HBO’s docudrama about the 2008 election that conservative critics resented because they thought it lampooned Sarah Palin. In his summer comedy, The Campaign, lampooning the candidates is the whole point. As you can see from the new poster, Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis go nose-to-nose in a crucial congressional election in North Carolina. Ferrell is a slimy incumbent who’s never faced a real electoral challenge, while Galifianakis plays the clueless outsider who wants to clean up Washington. “May the Best Loser Win,” reads the tagline. I already like this better than Welcome to Mooseport. See a larger version of the poster and watch the trailer after the jump. READ FULL STORY

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