LOS ANGELES, USA (AP) — The fright flick The Possession has scared up a No 1 debut with US$17.7 million from Friday to Sunday over the long Labour Day weekend.
The Lionsgate release led the last weekend of a fairly quiet season for Hollywood, with attendance down four per cent from summer 2011, according to box-office tracker Hollywood.com.
Opening in second-place with US$9.7 million was the Weinstein Co bootlegging drama Lawless, starring Shia LaBeouf.
The Expendables 2 pulled in US$8.8 million, falling to No 3 after two weekends as the top draw at theatres.
Expanding to more theatres, the anti-Barack Obama documentary 2016: Obama's America added to its haul as a surprise mini-hit leading up the presidential election. Obama's America was No 9 with US$5.1 million, raising its domestic total to US$18.3 million.