2 September 2012 11:52 AM, PDT | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

As usual, audiences largely stayed away from movie theaters over Labor Day weekend. Still, supernatural thriller The Possession easily took first place with one of the best debuts ever for the holiday. Lawless was a distant second, while Oogieloves In The Big Balloon Adventure registered one of the worst nationwide openings ever. For the four-day weekend the Top 12 earned $109.5 million, which is roughly on par with last Labor Day weekend. The Possession scared up an estimated $17.7 million from 2,816 locations in its first three days in theaters. That's a bit off from recent Lionsgate supernatural horror movies The Last Exorcism ($23 million) and The Haunting in Connecticut ($23 million). Still, for Labor Day weekend this is a very strong start: in fact, the movie's $21.1 million four-day haul would be good for second place all-time among Labor Day openers behind the 2007 Halloween remake ($30.6 million). This marks the third-straight weekend that Lionsgate has held the number one position, »

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