Weekend box office: Lawless and The Possession battle for the top spot

Weekend box office: Tom Hardy and Shia LaBeouf in Lawless

I really thought that the Weinstein’s decision to move the release date of LAWLESS to follow THE DARK KNIGHT RISES would have paid off more at the weekend box office.  Tom Hardy seems to have been the topic of conversation ever since his turn as Bane, but apparently, people still aren’t following him to the theaters.  But if LAWLESS is any indication, it’s going to take a little more time before he can fill a theater.  John Hillcoat’s film about bootlegging received mostly positive reviews, but that doesn’t always translate to box office success.  The film opened on Wednesday, but won’t come close to cracking $20 million and will finish well behind the other new film of the weekend, THE POSSESSION.  People love their horror films and reaction to THE POSSESSION seems to have been positive.

To recap some of the holdovers, THE EXPENDABLES 2 continues to do moderately well, bringing its total to around $70 million so far.  I’m assuming everyone is already making plans to film a third one.  THE BOURNE LEGACY has done decent and should hit $100 million easily.  I’m curious if Universal will take their chances with Jeremy Renner again or if they’ll beg Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass to come back.  My guess is that Matt Damon should probably start getting in shape now.

This weekend marks the end of the summer movie season and so begins the dry spell until the Oscar chasing movies come out later in the fall.  Next week sees the release of the Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldana starring THE WORDS.  Note: the numbers below are fro the three day weekend and will be updated as they become final.

1. The Possession $17.7m

2. Lawless $9.6m

3. The Expendables 2 $8.8m

4. The Bourne Legacy $7.2m

5. ParaNorman $6.5m

6. The Odd Life of Timothy Green $6m

7. The Dark Knight Rises $5.8m

8. The Campaign $5.4m

9. 2016 Obama’s America $5.1m

10. Hope Springs $4.7m

(Deadline)

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