The working class have spoken: they chose to celebrate the Labor Day weekend by seeing "The Possession." The horror film about a mysterious box from Jewish folklore that contains a demonic spirit, scared up an estimated $17.7 million from Friday to Sunday. Although final earnings won't be determined until Tuesday, that puts well ahead of the number two movie at the box office: "Lawless." "Possession" earned the second highest Labor Day ticket sales ever, being beaten only by the 2007 remake of "Halloween."

Despite opening in an additional 659 theaters, the controversial documentary "2016: Obama's America" suffered 21.6 percent drop in attendance. The holiday's other new release "The Oogieloves and the Big Balloon Adventure" suffered the worst wide-release opening ever.

The full top ten is below:

1. "The Possession" $17.7 M 2. "Lawless" $9.7 M 3. "The Expendables 2" $8.8 M 4. "The Bourne Legacy" $7.3 M 5. "ParaNorman" $6.6 M 6. "The Odd Life of Timothy Green" $6.1 M 7. "The Dark Knight Rises" $5.9 M 8. "The Campaign" $5.4 M 9. "2016: Obama's America" $5.1 M 10. "Hope Springs" $4.7 M

[Via The Hollywood Reporter]

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