The Possession seizes control of the Us box office

As the horror film tops this week's charts over a traditionally quiet Labor Day weekend, we can pause to look back at the big summer triumphs

Lionsgate's horror film The Possession – which was called Dibbuk Box for a long time, while Lionsgate's international sales unit was touting it at the film markets – opened top of the charts, with an estimated $21.3m over the four days. Sam Raimi's Ghost House Pictures produced the movie, which acquitted itself adequately over a traditionally torpid Labor Day session when minds and bodies are elsewhere.

The end of the summer season brings with it more fretting over attendance figures and box-office grosses. We'll get the official summer stats later in the week, but it looks as if cinema admissions and grosses for summer 2012 are a bit below the comparable period in 2011. That said, the year to date appears to be running higher than the same period last year,
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