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Kyra Sedgwick and Madison Davenport appear in a still from the 2012 film, The Possession. - Provided courtesy of Lionsgate

'The Possession' tops weak box office with $9.5 million

09/09/2012 by Kristina Lopez

"The Possession" was at the top of the weekend box office once again after the latest features failed to capture the attention of audiences, leading to the weakest box office weekends since September 11, 2001.

The scary movie with Kyra Sedgwick and Jeffrey Dean Morgan earned an estimated $9.5 million for the weekend, according to The Associated Press. The wire service notes the weekend marked the first time since 2008 that no film managed to open above $10 million.

In "The Possession," Natasha Calis stars as Em, a young girl who buys an antique box at a yard sale with Hebrew inscriptions engraved on it and then becomes possessed by a demon. Her father Clyde (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and her mother Stephanie (Sedgwick), his soon-to-be-ex-wife try to save her, with the help of a Hasidic Jewish man, portrayed by alternative rock musician Matisyahu.

So far in its two weeks, "The Possession" has earned an estimated $33.3 million at the box office.

Holding on to second place for the weekend is the prohibition-era gangster film "Lawless" with Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy and Jessica Chastain. The film earned $6 million for the weekend against its domestic total to $23.5 million for two weeks at the box office.

In third place is the new release "The Words" with Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldana, Dennis Quaid, Jeremy Irons and Olivia Wilde. The film opened with $5 million for its box office debut.

Cooper stars a Rory Jansen, a writer whose dreams of becoming a literary sensation come true after he plagiarizes a novel. Saldana stars as Rory's wife Dora.

In fourth place is the star-studded action film "The Expendables 2" which earned an estimated $4.7 million for its fourth weekend in theaters. The movie has grossed $75 million so far.

Finishing out the top five films at the box office is "The Bourne Legacy" with $4 million for its fifth weekend in theaters. The spy thriller has earned $103 million domestically, falling about $18 million short of the box office total of the first "Bourne" film, "The Bourne Identity," released in 2002.

Watch the trailers for "The Possession" and "Lawless" below.

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