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Bradley Cooper / THE WORDS Box Office: Weak No.3 in Awful Weekend

Bradley Cooper The Words movieBradley Cooper / The Words fail to top box office chart

The Possession, Ole Bornedal's horror flick featuring Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Kyra Sedgwick, was the top movie at the North American box office this dismal Sept. 7-9 weekend – one of the worst box office weekends of the last two decades. According to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo, the Lionsgate release took in an estimated $9.5 million (cume: $33.34 million), once again performing above expectations. (Image: Bradley Cooper The Words.)

Following two no. 1 slots for The Expendables 2 and one for The Possession, this weekend has granted Lionsgate its fourth consecutive domestic box office crown.

At no. 2 this weekend was John Hillcoat's bootlegging drama Lawless, starring the Transformers movies' Shia LaBeouf and The Dark Knight Rises' Tom Hardy. The Weinstein Company release also featuring Alice in Wonderland's Mia Wasikowska and The Help's Jessica Chastain raked in an estimated $6 million (cume: $23.52m).

The no. 3 movie was new entry The Words, starring The Hangover's Bradley Cooper and Avatar's Zoe Saldana. The CBS Films release collected a paltry $5 million at 2,801 locations. The Words was followed by the Sylvester Stallone / Jason Statham / Liam Hemsworth actioner The Expendables 2 with $4.75 million (cume: $75.41m).

At no. 5 was the Tony Gilroy / Jeremy Renner thriller The Bourne Legacy with $4 million, and a cume of $103.7m. The only other top-twelve movie with a cume above $100m is Christopher Nolan / Christian Bale / Anne Hathaway's The Dark Knight Rises, with $437.84m.

Weekend box Office: The Dark Knight Rises, 2016 Obama's America very close

Rounding out this weekend's top twelve movies were the following: at no. 6, ParaNorman with $3.86 million (cume: $45.09 million), followed by The Odd Life of Timothy Green with $3.65 million (cume: $43 million), the Will Ferrell / Zach Galifianakis political satire The Campaign with $3.53 million (cume: $79.47 million), and The Dark Knight Rises with $3.285m.

Also: Dinesh D'Souza and John Sullivan's anti-Obama documentary 2016 Obama's America with $3.281 million (cume: $26.08m) at no. 10, followed by Meryl Streep / Tommy Lee Jones / Steve Carell's Hope Springs with $2.8 million (cume: $57.51m) and Joseph Gordon-Levitt's Premium Rush with $2.3 million (cume: $16.73m).

Needless to say, there'll likely be some switching around when box office actuals are released on Monday. Estimates for The Dark Knight Rises and 2016 Obama's America were particularly close.

Not on Top Twelve chart: The Cold Light of Day, Raiders of the Lost Ark

And if box office estimates are accurate, neither the upcoming Superman Henry Cavill / Bruce Willis thriller The Cold Light of Day nor the IMAX rerelease of George Lucas / Steven Spielberg / Harrison Ford's Raiders of the Lost Ark cracked the top twelve box office chart. At no. 13, new entry The Cold Light of Day opened with an abysmal $1.8 million at 1,511 sites. At no. 14, Raiders of the Lost Ark grossed $1.72 million at 267 (costlier) IMAX locations, averaging a so-so $6,461 per venue.

On September 18, "Indiana Jones: The Complete Collection," which includes 1981 Best Picture nominee Raiders of the Lost Ark, will be out on Blu-ray.

Bradley Cooper The Words photo: CBS Films.

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