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The Possession remains on top in US as box office tanks

The Possession

Story by Jack Foley

THE US box office looks set to suffer its worst weekend since immediately after the 9/11 terrorist attacks of 2001.

According to early estimates, no film is expected to gross more than $10 million, bringing the expected weekend total to somewhere between between $65 million and $67 million.

The last time a single film failed to take more than $10 million was in 2008, when the weekend topped out at $68 million. This weekend’s estimate of $67.2 million would put it on the same level as the same weekend in 2003.

The week’s big new release, The Words, starring Bradley Cooper and Zoe Saldana, also suffered a poor opening, coming in third to enable horror film The Possession to stay at No. 1.

The Possession grossed $9.5 million for a 10-day domestic cume of $33.3 million, while John Hillcoat’s prohibition-era drama Lawless – which opened in UK cinemas this weekend – also remained at No. 2 with $6 million to bring its US 10-day total of $23.5 million.

The Words could only manage $5 million to take third spot. The film sees Cooper playing a writer who pays the price for stealing someone else’s work.

The weekend’s other wide opener was Henry Cavill actioner In The Cold Light of Day with Bruce Willis, which didn’t even make the top 10. Instead, it came in 13th with an estimated $1.8 million.

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