1.) “The Possession,” $9.5M. The number one movie in America for a second straight week, and it could be three. The biggest nationwide releases next week are the 3-D version of “Finding Nemo” and the fifth (!) installment of “Resident Evil.”
2.) “Lawless,” $6.0M. Anything that gives Guy Pearce additional exposure, I’m down for.
3.) “The Words,” $5.0M. Knew this would be a bumpy experience when struggling writer Bradley Cooper moved into a Brooklyn loft the size of an Amazon.com warehouse.
4.) “The Expendables 2,” $4.8M. Another sequel is in the works, which is the least surprising news in the world. Sylvester Stallone milks a property until it draws blood. Let’s just be thankful he didn’t take a shine to “Over the Top.”
5.) “The Bourne Legacy,” $4.0M. We’ve reached the end of a positively bleary box office. Why were the numbers so low this weekend, Ray Subers of Box Office Mojo? “External factors like the beginning of the school year and the start of the NFL season surely contributed a bit, but the real issue here is the lack of compelling offerings. This really isn’t rocket science: if the content doesn’t look worthwhile, people simply aren’t going to leave their homes, travel to the theater, and drop $8 a ticket.” Well said.