The Possession

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $49,130,588Details
International Box Office $30,397,103
Worldwide Box Office $79,527,691
Home Market Performance
Domestic DVD Sales $7,818,500 Details
Domestic Blu-ray Sales $1,093,883 Details
Total Domestic Video Sales $8,912,383
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Synopsis

Clyde and Stephanie Brenek see little cause for alarm when their youngest daughter Em becomes oddly obsessed with an antique wooden box she purchased at a yard sale. But as Em's behavior becomes increasingly erratic, the couple fears the presence of a malevolent force in their midst, only to discover that the box was built to contain a dibbuk, a dislocated spirit that inhabits and ultimately devours its human host.

Metrics

Rotten Tomatoes
Critics
40% - Rotten
Audience
49% - Spilled

Movie Details

Production Budget:$14,000,000
Theatrical Release: August 31st, 2012 (Wide) by Lionsgate
Video Release: January 15th, 2013 by Lionsgate Home Entertainment
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for mature thematic material involving violence and disturbing sequences.
(Rating bulletin 2205, 1/11/2012)
Keywords: Scary Kids, Children Dealing with Divorce, Religious, Medical and Hospitals, Based on an UNTRUE Story, Possessed
Source:Original Screenplay
Genre:Horror
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Fantasy

DVD Sales: January 20th, 2013: Taken With the Top

A couple new releases topped the DVD sales chart of the week of January 20th, but they were nowhere near each other in terms of sales. Taken 2 led the way with 1.17 million units / $19.82 million. This is substantially lower than the original's opening week; however, it instantly became the best selling DVD of 2013. Plus, it sold substantially more on Blu-ray than its predecessor did. More...

Blu-ray Sales: January 20th, 2013: Taken Too Much for Competition

We had a new release on top of the Blu-ray sales chart for the week of January 20th, 2013. Taken 2 sold 838,000 units and generated $16.75 million. Its opening week Blu-ray share was 42%, which is good for the genre, but not great. More...

DVD and Blu-ray Releases for January 15th, 2013

It is a rather shallow week on the home market. Taken 2 should come away with an easy win, but after that, there's almost nothing that will reach the top 30 for the week. Also, Taken 2 is not Pick of the Week material. I don't know if there is anything that is truly Pick of the Week material. Wake in Fright comes the closest, but the DVD or Blu-ray is still late, I hate giving this title when I'm still waiting for the screener. More...

Weekend Wrap-Up: Box Office of the Living Dead

2012 started off so well that I keep thinking the box office will return to those glory days, or at the very least it will stop sucking. That didn't happen this weekend. Granted, the box office grew 28% from last weekend to $86 million. However, this is 15% lower than the same weekend last year and it is still one of the worst weekends of all time. Year-to-date, 2012 still leads 2011, but that lead has shrunk to just 3.0% at $7.80 billion to $7.58 billion. If things don't turn around very soon, 2012 will lose its lead in terms of tickets sold (currently just 1.8%) and its overall lead shortly after that. Since fewer people are watching movies in theaters, it means fewer people are seeing trailers, posters, etc. for upcoming films. Fewer people seeing trailers for upcoming films does often times result in fewer people seeing these upcoming movies. We need a true blockbuster to break out of this cycle. More...

Weekend Predictions: Will the Box Office Come Back to Life?

Last weekend was a disaster. It was a disaster the likes we haven't seen in more than a decade, much, much longer if you take into account inflation. This weekend should be a lot stronger, as we have two significant wide releases, Finding Nemo and Resident Evil: Retribution, as well as a semi-wide release, Last Ounce of Courage. Both of the wide releases should top $20 million over the weekend, while there's a chance they could both top $30 million. Last year there were four wide releases that managed a combined $50 million or so. This year, the two wide releases could top that, but it will be close if they do. However, the holdovers are so much weaker than the top two wide releases that 2012 will end up losing again. More...

Weekend Wrap-Up: New Releases Go Silent

Yuck. The overall box office this past weekend was not only the worst of the year so far, but it was the worst we've seen in more than a decade. Not only did the box office have a decade of inflation, but also a decade of population growth, which makes this result even more depressing. The Possession was the only bright spot in the top ten. Both The Words and The Cold Light of Day missed the Mendoza Line during their opening weekend. Overall, the box office plummeted 35% to just $67 million. Compared to last year, the box office fell by 17%. It's a disaster. 2012 is still ahead of 2011 by 3.3% at $7.70 billion to $7.45 billion. Things will have to get better next weekend, so hopefully we will never have to think about this weekend again. More...

Weekend Estimates: Possession Tops Very Quiet Weekend

One statistic suffices to sum up this weekend at the box office: based on estimates received so far, the weekend ranks as the 5th-worst weekend for total box office receipts since January, 2000 (see full chart here). While that position will improve when we get complete numbers on Monday, there's a good chance this will end up as the worst weekend since 2001, even though ticket prices have risen substantially since then. The two marks that industry watchers should look out for are the $67.5 million weekend of September 5, 2003 and the $67.9 million weekend of September 5, 2008. Unsurprisingly, the top film at the box office this weekend is the same as last weekend: The Possession is set for about $9.5 million in its second outing. The Words is the top opener, with about $5 million in 2,801 theaters -- certainly a disappointment, although CBS Films is hoping for good legs thanks to its adult-skewing demographic. More...

Weekend Predictions: The Box Office is Going to Get Schooled

The weekend after the Labor Day long weekend is often the worst weekend of the entire year at the box office. This certainly seems to be the case this year. There are two wide releases, or to be more accurate, one wide release, The Words, and one semi-wide release, The Cold Light of Day. Neither film is expected to top $10 million. The last time the number one film over the weekend earned less than $10,000,000 was way back in 2008 with the release of Bangkok Dangerous, which opened in the weekend after Labor Day. There is a slim chance The Words will earn less than Bangkok Dangerous did. This weekend last year wasn't actually pretty good with Contagion dominating the chart. There's almost no chance any film opening this weekend will match the $22.40 million that film earned. The top three films combined probably won't match that figure. 2012 will start the autumn with a pretty big fall. More...

Contest: Get Some New Possessions: Winning Announcement

The winners of our Get Some New Possessions were determined and they are... More...

Weekend Wrap-Up: Box Office Gets Possessive

There's good news and bad news for the Labor Day long weekend. Overall, the box office was a little stronger than predicted with The Possession having the second best Labor Day long weekend opening of all time. (Only Halloween had a stronger opening.) This helped the overall box office rise 7.0% from last weekend to $104 million. However, despite this performance, the overall weekend was softer than last year down 2.5% over the three-day portion of the weekend and 3.3% over the four-day portion of the weekend. Year-to-date, 2012 still maintains a lead of 2011 at $7.61 billion to $7.34 billion. The lead is down to 3.6% in terms of revenue and just 2.4% in terms of tickets sold. We might see a further drop in attendance, which would be a huge collapse after an incredibly strong spring and early summer. More...

Weekend Estimates: Possession Leads Labor Day Weekend

Labor Day weekend is traditionally the slowest holiday weekend at the box office, so it comes as no surprise that the overall chart looks fairly weak. However, Possession is set to produce a very credible box office number, with Lionsgate estimating $17.725 million through Sunday and comfortably over $20 million for the full 4-day frame. That's hardly blockbuster level, but is considerably better than consensus predictions coming in to the weekend. Another opener, Lawless, is well behind, with Weinstein predicting $9.7 million for the Friday-Sunday portion of the weekend. Far, far behind that is this weekend's other new wide release, The Oogieloves in the BIG Balloon Adventure, which is headed for about $450,000 from 2,160 theaters and will end up in the record books for one of the poorest openings in history. More...

Weekend Predictions: Will New Releases Work?

It's the Labor Day long weekend, a weekend that a lot of families like to spend outdoors, or on a last minute vacation before school starts. It is generally a bad time to release a film, but three films hope to outperform the historical averages for the weekend. I don't think it will work. The Possession could win the weekend, but Lawless also has a shot. The other wide release, The Oogieloves in the BIG Balloon Adventure, doesn’t have a shot at top spot. It doesn't have a shot at the top ten. It does have a shot at breaking records, on the other hand. As for the holdovers, The Expendables has a shot at the threepeat, but that would be really bad news for the overall box office. Speaking of which, last year, none of the new wide releases were able to crack $10 million, which left The Help in first place. I don't think any film this year will top that film's weekend haul, but overall the depth is better this year and perhaps we can eke out a win in the year-over-year comparison. More...

Contest: Get Some New Possessions

Next week is the last weekend in August, and it really feels like it. There are three wide releases, which is one more than expected at the beginning of the month. (I never thought The Oogieloves in the BIG Balloon Adventure would open in 2000 theaters.) Lawless will very likely be the best movie, but it is opening in only 2300 theaters and is opening on Wednesday. This leaves The Possession as the clear choice as the target film for this week's box office prediction contest. In order to win, one must simply predict the opening weekend box office number for The Possession. Whoever comes the closest to predicting the film's opening 3-day weekend box office (Friday to Sunday), without going over, will win a copy of The Hunger Games on Blu-ray. Meanwhile, whoever comes the closest to predicting the film's opening 3-day weekend box office (Friday to Sunday), without going under, will win a copy of Freelancers on DVD. Entries must be received by 10 a.m., Pacific Time on Friday to be eligible, so don't delay! More...

2012 Preview: August

July was another bad month with five of the seven films missing expectations. Only one matched expectations, or came close enough to call it a victory, while another film is too close to call. 2012 is still ahead of 2011, but that margin did shrink last month, despite the performance of The Dark Knight Rises, which earned $300 million during the month. Looking ahead to August, there are fourteen films opening wide, maybe fifteen, making it the busiest month in a long time. Of those releases, five or six have a shot at $100 million, while none will get much beyond that point. Maybe The Bourne Legacy will be a surprise hit and match the average of its predecessors, but most analysts wouldn't be willing to bet money on that. By comparison, last August only had two films that topped $100 million, Rise of the Planet of the Apes and The Help. I don't think any film opening this August will match those two films, but we have much better depth this time around. Hopefully we will be able to extend our lead this month, unlike the last two months. More...

Cast

Jeffrey Dean Morgan    Clyde
Kyra Sedgwick    Stephanie
Madison Davenport    Hannah
Natasha Calis    Em
Grant Show    Brett
Matisyahu    Tzadok
Rob LaBelle    Russell
Nana Gbewonyo    Darius
Anna Hagan    Eleanor
Brenda M. Crichlow    Miss Shandy
Jay Brazeau    Professor McMannis
Iris Quinn    Doctor
Greame Duffy    Lab Tech
David Hovan    Adan
Chris Shields    Assistant Coach
Adam Young    Preston
Jim Thorburn    First Responder
Quinn Lord    Student
Nimet Kanji    Nurse Patty
James O'Sullivan    Pest Control Guy
Marilyn Norry    Principal
Armin Chaim Kornfeld    Rebbe Shah
John Cassini    Stephanie's Attorney
Josh Whyte    Player
Greg Rogers    Dr. Walterson
Agam Darshi    Court Representive
Jarett John    Moss
Tim Perez    Officer
Cameron Sprangue    Abyzou
Jordan Stein    Hasidic Teen
Charles Siegel    Hasidic #1
Ari Solomon    Hasidic #2
Alex Bruhanski    Hasidic #3
Richard Newman    Hasidic #4
Robert Morrissette    Hasidic #5
Sol Pavony    Hasidic Rabbi
Erin Simms    Possessed Italian Girl
Frank Ferrucci    Italian Priest
Sharmaine Yeoh    Possessed Islamic Girl
Antoine Safi    Islamic Male Exorcist
Ned Bellamy    Trevor

Production and Technical Credits

Director    Ole Bornedal
Screenwriter    Juliet Snowden
Screenwriter    Stiles White
Producer    Sam Raimi
Producer    Rob Tapert
Producer    J.R. Young
Executive Producer    Stan Wertlief
Executive Producer    Peter Schessel
Executive Producer    John Sacchi
Executive Producer    Nathan Kahane
Executive Producer    Joe Drake
Executive Producer    Michael Paseornek
Executive Producer    Nicole Brown
Line Producer    Shawn Williamson
Director of Photography    Dan Laustsen
Production Designer    Rachel O'Toole
Editor    Eric L. Beason
Editor    Anders Villadsen
Costume Designer    Carla Hetland
Composer    Anton Sanko
Music Supervisor    Linda Cohen
Co-Producer    Kelli Konop
Co-Producer    Stephen Susco
Casting Director    Nancy Nayor Battino

Daily Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2012/08/31 1 $6,078,660   2,816 $2,159   $6,078,660 1
2012/09/01 1 $6,327,200 +4% 2,816 $2,247   $12,405,860 2
2012/09/02 1 $5,326,620 -16% 2,816 $1,892   $17,732,480 3
2012/09/03 1 $3,346,360 -37% 2,816 $1,188   $21,078,840 4
2012/09/04 1 $1,201,397 -64% 2,816 $427   $22,280,237 5
2012/09/05 1 $781,159 -35% 2,816 $277   $23,061,396 6
2012/09/06 1 $787,714 +1% 2,816 $280   $23,849,110 7
2012/09/07 1 $2,885,645 +266% 2,834 $1,018   $26,734,755 8
2012/09/08 1 $4,423,641 +53% 2,834 $1,561   $31,158,396 9
2012/09/09 1 $2,008,186 -55% 2,834 $709   $33,166,582 10
2012/09/10 2 $554,808 -72% 2,834 $196   $33,721,390 11
2012/09/11 2 $673,818 +21% 2,834 $238   $34,395,208 12
2012/09/12 3 $491,191 -27% 2,834 $173   $34,886,399 13
2012/09/13 3 $480,713 -2% 2,834 $170   $35,367,112 14
2012/09/14 3 $1,826,687 +280% 2,860 $639   $37,193,799 15
2012/09/15 3 $2,650,159 +45% 2,860 $927   $39,843,958 16
2012/09/16 3 $1,289,532 -51% 2,860 $451   $41,133,490 17
2012/09/17 4 $430,346 -67% 2,860 $150   $41,563,836 18
2012/09/18 4 $455,246 +6% 2,860 $159   $42,019,082 19
2012/09/19 4 $311,494 -32% 2,860 $109   $42,330,576 20
2012/09/20 4 $319,051 +2% 2,860 $112   $42,649,627 21
2012/09/21 8 $808,801 +154% 2,598 $311   $43,458,428 22
2012/09/22 8 $1,247,157 +54% 2,598 $480   $44,705,585 23
2012/09/23 9 $586,032 -53% 2,598 $226   $45,291,617 24
2012/09/24 9 $167,245 -71% 2,598 $64   $45,458,862 25
2012/09/25 9 $225,589 +35% 2,598 $87   $45,684,451 26
2012/09/26 10 $190,179 -16% 2,598 $73   $45,874,630 27
2012/09/27 9 $174,688 -8% 2,598 $67   $46,049,318 28
2012/09/28 12 $413,468 +137% 1,618 $256   $46,462,786 29
2012/09/29 12 $663,811 +61% 1,618 $410   $47,126,597 30
2012/09/30 12 $285,125 -57% 1,618 $176   $47,411,722 31
2012/10/01 13 $87,750 -69% 1,618 $54   $47,499,472 32
2012/10/02 14 $96,946 +10% 1,618 $60   $47,596,418 33
2012/10/03 13 $85,790 -12% 1,618 $53   $47,682,208 34
2012/10/04 - $85,675 n/c 1,618 $53   $47,767,883 35
2012/10/05 14 $184,520 +115% 821 $225   $47,952,403 36
2012/10/06 16 $285,060 +54% 821 $347   $48,237,463 37
2012/10/07 17 $153,920 -46% 821 $187   $48,391,383 38
2012/10/08 - $62,059 -60% 821 $76   $48,453,442 39
2012/10/09 - $42,559 -31% 821 $52   $48,496,001 40
2012/10/10 - $39,095 -8% 821 $48   $48,535,096 41
2012/10/11 - $35,928 -8% 821 $44   $48,571,024 42
2012/10/12 - $52,003 +45% 369 $141   $48,623,027 43
2012/10/13 - $77,652 +49% 369 $210   $48,700,679 44
2012/10/14 - $31,369 -60% 369 $85   $48,732,048 45
2012/10/15 - $10,574 -66% 369 $29   $48,742,622 46
2012/10/16 - $10,470 -1% 369 $28   $48,753,092 47
2012/10/17 - $11,113 +6% 369 $30   $48,764,205 48
2012/10/18 - $11,124 n/c 369 $30   $48,775,329 49
2012/10/19 - $18,383 +65% 133 $138   $48,793,712 50
2012/10/20 - $29,347 +60% 133 $221   $48,823,059 51
2012/10/21 - $10,571 -64% 133 $79   $48,833,630 52
2012/10/22 - $3,319 -69% 133 $25   $48,836,949 53
2012/10/23 - $2,878 -13% 133 $22   $48,839,827 54
2012/10/24 - $2,789 -3% 133 $21   $48,842,616 55
2012/10/25 - $3,849 +38% 133 $29   $48,846,465 56
2012/10/26 - $12,055 +213% 82 $147   $48,858,520 57
2012/10/27 - $15,445 +28% 82 $188   $48,873,965 58
2012/10/28 - $6,032 -61% 82 $74   $48,879,997 59
2012/10/29 - $1,426 -76% 82 $17   $48,881,423 60
2012/10/30 - $1,681 +18% 82 $21   $48,883,104 61
2012/10/31 - $2,477 +47% 82 $30   $48,885,581 62
2012/11/01 - $1,937 -22% 82 $24   $48,887,518 63
2012/11/02 - $24,191 +1,149% 155 $156   $48,911,709 64
2012/11/03 - $44,434 +84% 155 $287   $48,956,143 65
2012/11/04 - $25,984 -42% 155 $168   $48,982,127 66
2012/11/05 - $8,234 -68% 155 $53   $48,990,361 67
2012/11/06 - $8,060 -2% 155 $52   $48,998,421 68
2012/11/07 - $7,195 -11% 155 $46   $49,005,616 69
2012/11/08 - $7,623 +6% 155 $49   $49,013,239 70
2012/11/09 - $15,830 +108% 121 $131   $49,029,069 71
2012/11/10 - $28,889 +82% 121 $239   $49,057,958 72
2012/11/11 - $18,024 -38% 121 $149   $49,075,982 73
2012/11/12 - $7,155 -60% 121 $59   $49,083,137 74
2012/11/13 - $4,166 -42% 121 $34   $49,087,303 75
2012/11/14 - $3,705 -11% 121 $31   $49,091,008 76
2012/11/15 - $4,080 +10% 121 $34   $49,095,088 77
2012/11/16 - $7,010 +72% 81 $87   $49,102,098 78
2012/11/17 - $12,178 +74% 81 $150   $49,114,276 79
2012/11/18 - $8,043 -34% 81 $99   $49,122,319 80
2012/11/19 - $3,605 -55% 81 $45   $49,125,924 81
2012/11/20 - $4,230 +17% 81 $52   $49,130,154 82

Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2012/08/31 1 $17,732,480   2,816 $6,297   $17,732,480 3
2012/09/07 1 $9,317,472 -47% 2,834 $3,288   $33,166,582 10
2012/09/14 3 $5,766,378 -38% 2,860 $2,016   $41,133,490 17
2012/09/21 8 $2,641,990 -54% 2,598 $1,017   $45,291,617 24
2012/09/28 12 $1,362,404 -48% 1,618 $842   $47,411,722 31
2012/10/05 18 $623,500 -54% 821 $759   $48,391,383 38
2012/10/12 23 $161,024 -74% 369 $436   $48,732,048 45
2012/10/19 40 $58,301 -64% 133 $438   $48,833,630 52
2012/10/26 48 $33,532 -42% 82 $409   $48,879,997 59
2012/11/02 35 $94,609 +182% 155 $610   $48,982,127 66
2012/11/09 37 $62,743 -34% 121 $519   $49,075,982 73
2012/11/16 50 $27,231 -57% 81 $336   $49,122,319 80

Weekly US DVD Sales

DateRankUnits this Week% ChangeTotal UnitsSpending this WeekTotal SpendingWeeks in Release
1/20/20132184,159 184,159$2,760,543$2,760,5431
1/27/2013784,928-54% 269,087$1,440,379$4,200,9222
2/3/20131159,137-30% 328,224$940,870$5,141,7923
2/10/20131841,437-30% 369,661$602,494$5,744,2864
2/17/20133023,820-43% 393,481$346,343$6,090,6295
2/24/20132821,836-8% 415,317$323,610$6,414,2386

Weekly US Blu-ray Sales

DateRankUnits this Week% ChangeTotal UnitsSpending this WeekTotal SpendingWeeks in Release
1/20/2013538,747 38,747$890,794$890,7941
1/27/2013188,834-77% 47,581$203,089$1,093,8832

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