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Box office report: 'The Possession' leads the worst weekend in over a decade
CNN ^ | 09/11/2012 | Grady Smith

Posted on 09/11/2012 9:54:40 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

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.

If you're not a fan of demonic tales like The Possession, prepare yourself to keep seeing them for a long while at the box office. The "Based on a True Story" conceit, which was effectively used in marketing for The Possession (and similar titles like The Devil Inside), still hasn't worn out its welcome with American audiences, and horror tales are so cheap to make that they don't need gargantuan grosses to provide solid financial returns for their studios.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Society; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: boxoffice; possession

Matisyahu, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Natasha Calis and Kyra Sedgwick mix it up in"The Possession."


1 posted on 09/11/2012 9:54:49 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Could Americans finally be sick of the garbage Follywood has been foisting on us for decades?


2 posted on 09/11/2012 10:01:30 AM PDT by txrefugee
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To: SeekAndFind

I saw a review that said POSESSION is a horrible movie but so are all the other ones.


3 posted on 09/11/2012 10:01:45 AM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: SeekAndFind

“Based on a true story” is usually so thinly related to something that really happened to be laughable. “Inspired by a true story” is basically they saw a headline and said “Lets make a movie like that”... such as whales stuck in the ice....


4 posted on 09/11/2012 10:03:46 AM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: GeronL
No kidding. You might as well claim and Pixar’s Ice Age is inspired by a true story.
5 posted on 09/11/2012 10:10:42 AM PDT by LaserJock
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To: SeekAndFind

Is this movie about a hurricane? (See the pic)


6 posted on 09/11/2012 10:11:09 AM PDT by Doctor 2Brains (If the government were Paris Hilton, it could not score a free drink in a bar full of lonely sailors)
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To: txrefugee

Definitely! As proof of this, I submit to you the success of Honey Boo Boo and Breaking Amish.


7 posted on 09/11/2012 10:12:30 AM PDT by Doctor 2Brains (If the government were Paris Hilton, it could not score a free drink in a bar full of lonely sailors)
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To: LaserJock
"Based on a True Story" does seem to attract some audience though. Sadly.
8 posted on 09/11/2012 10:14:03 AM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: SeekAndFind
My wife and I sat through several trailers when we went to see 2016. Nothing looked compelling. New movies do nothing for me, and I'm a movie buff. The big news in movies to me is the release next month of Universal's Alfred Hitchcock Collection and Universal's Monsters Collection on Blu-ray. That, and the Blu-ray of Lawrence of Arabia which is en route from the UK. New movies pretty much suck.
9 posted on 09/11/2012 10:38:23 AM PDT by Sans-Culotte ( Pray for Obama- Psalm 109:8)
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To: SeekAndFind
Call me old-fashioned. call me a sexist, but I want to see good, old tough-guy movies without the tough chicks! I understand they need to make those movies to get more females into the theaters and to help women feel better about themselves (those that need that - real women don't). I'm tired of seeing some "tough" little girl beat the snot out of a guy twice her size and weight.

Flame on!

10 posted on 09/11/2012 11:05:40 AM PDT by jeffc (The U.S. media are our enemy)
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I agree, it’s the “Hunger Games Syndrome”.

You simply cannot make a movie with all-male heroes anymore.


11 posted on 09/11/2012 11:08:19 AM PDT by dfwgator (I'm voting for Ryan and that other guy.)
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To: SeekAndFind

2016: Obama’s America is now in more than 2,000 theaters and has grossed $26,115,717 to date. See it if you haven’t, if only to piss off liberals.


12 posted on 09/11/2012 11:32:44 AM PDT by manic4organic (We won. Get over it.)
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RE: 2016: Obama’s America is now in more than 2,000 theaters and has grossed $26,115,717 to date.

I read that it only cost about $10 Million to make, advertise and promote this documentary.

See here:

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/national/bam_bash_film_izzling_at_box_FaLyuRgcGRejyjai8phbNI

That means the film is on track to make over 3 times its production cost ( at least ).


13 posted on 09/11/2012 12:10:18 PM PDT by SeekAndFind (bOTRT)
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To: SeekAndFind

-— That means the film is on track to make over 3 times its production cost -—

Not to mention the revenues from the Dinesh D’Souza plush toys. ;-)


14 posted on 09/11/2012 12:14:49 PM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas (Viva Christo Rey!)
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To: LaserJock
Pixar’s Ice Age

I don't think the "Ice Age" franchise came from Pixar.

15 posted on 09/11/2012 12:17:10 PM PDT by Disambiguator
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To: Disambiguator
Oops, I stand corrected then. I tend to equate funny computer animated films with Pixar the same way I used to equate high quality animated features with Disney.
16 posted on 09/11/2012 12:30:47 PM PDT by LaserJock
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To: manic4organic

There’s not only a tough chick myth, there’s also a tough metrosexual man myth. In addition to 95lb supermodels deftly kicking linesmen across the room, media also brainwashes pencil necked prettyboys into thinking there is some movie magic that makes muscular behemoths scatter like ninepins before the mincing dance like moves of male model types with perfectly plucked eyebrows.

I assure you, that in real life this is not the case.


17 posted on 09/11/2012 12:36:46 PM PDT by Tuanedge
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To: Tuanedge

The newest martial art: ‘waif-fu’. Enables the tiniest female actress to totally kick a$$ on the big guys.


18 posted on 09/11/2012 12:57:38 PM PDT by STYRO (Do not accept unconstitutional government as legitimate government.)
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