Weekend Predictions: 'The Possession,' 'The Words' and 'The Cold Light of Day'

Featured Stories - on September 05, 2012 by Phil Contrino

thewordsprediction.jpgThe Possession should have no problem fending off The Words and The Cold Light of Day during what's shaping up to be a very slow frame.

Horror junkies were largely deprived of their fix all summer, so it's no surprise that The Possession is exceeding expectations. Still, that won't stop the Lionsgate release from suffering a typical sophomore decline. Yet even with the inevitable drop, The Possession still has enough strength to stop weak newcomers from claiming the #1 spot.

As of 4 p.m. PT, Fandango reports that The Possession leads daily sales with 10%.

Look for The Possession to grab $8 million this coming weekend.

The Words will be a breath of fresh air to adults looking for something more low-key after a summer full of blockbusters. Unfortunately, the CBS Films release looks like it will also have to settle for low-key grosses. Interest on Facebook and Twitter is very low compared to other films, and Bradly Cooper is not a reliable draw yet.

Fandango reports that The Words did not crack the top 5 today.

The Words should make $7 million from around 2,700 locations during its debut frame.

The Raiders of the Lost Ark will live again in IMAX theaters this weekend. IMAX fans will be happy for new (well, sort of) blood since The Dark Knight Rises has been hogging IMAX screens since July.

Fandango reports that Raiders did not crack the top 5 today.

Expect Good Ol' Indy to grab $3.5 million this coming weekend.

The Cold Light of Day is being released with a whimper. Expectations are very low for the Bruce Willis vehicle. It will definitely finish outside the top 10.

Fandango reports that The Cold Light of Day didn't crack the top 5 today.

A $2 million debut looks likely for The Cold Light of Day.

Check out our top 10 predictions in the table below.

Title Release Date Distributor Opening Weekend Cumulative
The Possession Aug 31, 2012 Lionsgate
$8,000,000 $32,000,000
The Words Sep 7, 2012 CBS Films
$7,500,000 $7,500,000
Lawless Aug 29, 2012 Weinstein Company
$5,500,000 $23,100,000
The Expendables 2 Aug 17, 2012 Lionsgate
$4,800,000 $75,500,000
The Bourne Legacy Aug 10, 2012 Universal
$4,000,000 $103,700,000
Indiana Jones and The Raiders of the Lost Ark: The IMAX Experience Sep 7, 2012 Paramount
$3,500,000 $3,500,000
ParaNorman Aug 17, 2012 Focus
$3,400,000 $44,800,000
The Odd Life of Timothy Green Aug 15, 2012 Disney
$3,300,000 $42,700,000
The Dark Knight Rises Jul 20, 2012 Warner Bros.
$3,200,000 $437,800,000
2016: Obama's America Jul 13, 2012 Rocky Mountain Pictures
$3,100,000 $25,300,000

Additional reporting by Daniel Garris and Alex Edghill.

Tags: The Words, The Possession

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