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Weekend Box Office Top Ten: No Major New Releases Brings Disaster UPDATED

Photo of Tom Brueggemann By Tom Brueggemann | Thompson on Hollywood September 9, 2012 at 1:13PM

Don't look now, but this could end up being the lowest grossing weekend in theaters since at least 2008. And if you look at admissions, far worse.
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A normal dropoff for this sequel.

What comes next: This is going to get closer to $100 million domestically than initially seemed likely, with more than that already in internationally.

5. The Bourne Legacy (Universal) - Week 5; Last Weekend: #4

$4,000,000 (-44%) in 2,766 theaters (-365); PSA: $1,460; Cumulative: $103,700,000

A very solid hold for this, as its more adult audience continues to add to the gross of a film that based on its opening weekend was in danger of falling short of $100 million, which now has been passed.

What comes next: With much of the world yet to open, this still has a shot of passing $250 million, below hopes, but enough to give it a chance at breaking even or more.

6. ParaNorman (Focus) - Week 4;  Last Weekend: #5

$3,830,000 (-42%) in 2,856 theaters (-229); PSA: $1,341,000; Cumulative: $45,098,000

With kids now back in school everywhere, this drop is reasonable.

What comes next: This should still eke out a $50 million total.

7. The Odd Life of Timothy Green (Buena Vista) - Week 4; Last Weekend: #6

$3,700,000 (-41%) in 2,717 theaters (+82); PSA: $321; Cumulative: $43,000,000

Still adding theaters and steadily adding to its gross, this Disney family drama is performing much better than its opening weekend suggested it would.

What comes next: With its modest budget, the eventual $50 million+ gross domestically plus the rest of the world should lead to a comfortable profit.

8. The Campaign (Warner Brothers) - Week 5; Last Weekend: #8

$3,530,000 (-38%) in 2,542 theaters (-399); PSA: $1,389; Cumulative: $79,473,000

A minor drop - even in an off weekend, this is yet another film holding better than expected.

What comes next: $90 million seems in reach if this keeps holding this well.

9. The Dark Knight Rises (Warner Brothers) - Week 8; Last Weekend: #7
$3,285,000 (-46%) in 1,987 theaters (-200); PSA: $1,653; Cumulative: $437,849,000

Still hanging around even after almost two months.

What comes next: "The Dark Knight" lasted 10 weeks in the top 10, which seems now unlikely for this still huge grossing film.

10. 2016 Obama's America (Rocky Mountain) - Week 9; Last Weekend: #9

$3,281,000 (-41%) in 2,017 theaters (+270); PSA: $1,627; Cumulative: $26,088,000

No post-convention bump for this anti-Obama film, adding about 15% more theaters as it expands once again but with a big drop in its PSA.

What comes next: This has already grossed far beyond expectations, and its likely final gross of over $30 million will place it among the top indie releases of the year.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.