Lionsgate's The Possession took in $1.20 million on Tuesday to remain at the top of the daily box office for a fifth consecutive day. The PG-13 horror film fell 64 percent from Monday, which represented one of Tuesday's better daily holds among wide releases. The Possession continues to outpace pre-release expectations with a solid five-day start of $22.28 million. That places the film just 3 percent behind the $22.98 million five-day start of 2010's The Last Exorcism. With expectations being modest for CBS Film's The Words, The Possession will have a good chance of holding onto first place this coming weekend.
Lawless held up well on Tuesday to place in second with $1.08 million. The Weinstein Company acquisition starring Shia LaBeouf and Tom Hardy fell 62 percent from Monday. Yesterday's decline could be an early signal that Lawless may be able to hold up a bit better than most Labor Day weekend releases do. Lawless has grossed $16.09 million through one week of release. The film is currently running 2.5 percent ahead of the $15.69 million one-week start of last year's The Debt and 23 percent behind the $20.88 million one-week gross of 2010's The American.
Lionsgate's The Expendables 2 grossed $0.79 million on Tuesday, while Universal's The Bourne Legacy brought in $0.56 million. To date, The Bourne Legacy has grossed $98.88 million in 26 days, leaving it just $1.12 million away from reaching the $100 million domestic milestone. With a 19-day take of $69.60 million, The Expendables 2 is set to surpass the $70 million mark today.