(All totals include Labor Day)
- The Possession $21.3M
- Lawless $12M
- The Expendables 2 $11M
- The Bourne Legacy $9M
- ParaNorman $8M
The summer movie season as we know it comes to an official close this weekend, though I would suggest it ended two weeks ago with a tepid opening for The Expendables 2. With Labor Day upon us, you'd think a 3-day weekend would make for one final shot of cash infusion at the box office - wrong. Both high school and college football are back and the beach beckons for one last hurrah. Don't expect any blockbusters until October, when Cloud Atlas comes calling.
- The Possession $15M - Satanic possession flicks are so darn hard to forecast. Anyone remember The Devil Inside from last January? Raked $33M when not a soul predicted more than $15M. All bets are off with The Possession.
- Lawless $11.5M - The first of a long string of award-hopefuls to be unleashed over the next four months. It's not quite at that level but audiences will not leave disappointed. Could slightly outperform my estimate.
- The Expendables 2 $9M - Not as big as the first but it's managed to bank $120M+ worldwide.
- ParaNorman $8M - The oddly disconnecting claymation-ish creation is running roughly 20% behind its creator's last project, Coraline.
- The Odd Life of Timothy Green $6.5M - As the lone family film in the marketplace, charming little Timmy will score with parents too lazy to drive to the beach.