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'Possession' holds No. 1 at weak box office

Still of Kyra Sedgwick, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Matisyahu and Natasha Calis in the 2012 film 'The Possession.' (Courtesy of Lionsgate)

September 9, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
It was an extremely sluggish weekend at the box office. Total revenues are estimated at $67 million, which would make this the worst weekend at the box office since the weekend after Sept. 11.

It marked the first time since 2008 that no film managed to crack the $10 million mark.

"The Possession" occupied the top spot for the second with in a row, earning $9.5 million. The fright flick stars Kyra Sedgwick and Jeffrey Dean Morgan, who play parents to a girl who is possessed by a demon.

The bootlegging tale "Lawless" starring Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy and Jessica Chastain kept a lock on the No. 2 position with $6 million.

"The Words," featuring Bradley Cooper and Zoe Saldana, opened in third place with $5 million.

1. "The Possession," $9.5 million ($3.5 million international).
2. "Lawless," $6 million ($1.4 million international).
3. "The Words," $5 million.
4. "The Expendables 2," $4.7 million ($14 million international).
5. "The Bourne Legacy," $4 million ($13 million international).

6. "ParaNorman," $3.8 million ($2.4 million international).
7. "The Odd Life of Timothy Green," $3.6 million.
8. "The Campaign," $3.5 million.
9. "The Dark Knight Rises," $3.3 million ($13 million international).
10. "2016: Obama's America," $3.3 million.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.