Weekend Box Office Wrap Up: September 2, 2012

Our box office report for the weekend of August 31st, 2012 features new releases ‘The Possession,' and ‘Lawless,’ as well as holdovers like ‘The Expendables 2′ and 'The Dark Knight Rises'.

Possession tops the box office

The box office chart has taken another dip as the end of the summer season offers up another weak weekend. The top spot was taken by the Sam Raimi produced The Possession (read our review). The horror film looks set to bank a decent (if unspectacular) $17.7 million. The Ole Bornedal directed film is already on the road to profitability as it cost less than $20 million to produce. It will likely take a big hit next weekend, before it scores more cash on DVD.

Director John Hillcoat’s Lawless (read our review) will open second with a weekend take of $9.6 million. That would give the film a total of $11.8 million since its release last week. The film stars Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, Guy Pearce, Jessica Chastain, and Alice In Wonderland star Mia Wasikowska – so a larger debut was expected. However, it has the potential to stabilize next week helping it achieve a solid final gross. That’s the plan anyway.

Lawless debuts at 2

Action extravaganza The Expendables 2 dropped to third. The Stallone/Schwarzenegger/Willis/Statham film looks set to shoot-up $8.8 million for the weekend, seeing it raise its cume to $66 million. The film is still running behind the original 2010 film and it is unlikely to hit $100 million.

Another $7.2 million will see The Bourne Legacy raise its gross to over $96 million. The Jeremy Renner film will be the lowest grossing film in the Bourne franchise, hitting less than 2002’s The Bourne Identity.

Animated adventure ParaNorman should gross another $6.5 million, raising its cume to $38 million.

The Odd Life Of Timothy Green will bank another $6 million for a $35.9 million cumulative total.

Christopher Nolan’s Batman adventure, The Dark Knight Rises will bank an estimated $5.8 million, bringing its total to $431 million – about $100 million less than The Dark Knight’s final box office take.

The Campaign will see its gross swell to $73 million, following a weekend take to $5.4 million. It's doing well.

2016 Obama’s America should bank $5.1 million over the three days for a $18 million total gross, while Meryl Streep’s Hope Springs rounded out the top ten, grossing $4.7 million for a $52 million total.

That’s it for now. See you at the movies.

Source: Box Office Mojo

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