Horror flick "The Possession" retained the top spot at the North American box office, with Depression-era gangster tale "Lawless" still in second place, industry figures showed Monday.
"The Possession," a supernatural thriller starring Kyra Sedgwick, pulled in $9.3 million, while "Lawless," based on Matt Bondurant's 2008 novel "The Wettest County in the World," took in $6 million.
In a slow weekend, each earned less than half of their take from their debuts last week during the three-day Labor Day holiday weekend, according to box office tracker Exhibitor Relations.
Action romp "The Expendables 2," starring Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger, continued its drop, finishing third this weekend, with just under $5 million.
New release "The Words," a literary drama about an author who earns fame by stealing another writer's work, opened in fourth place, with $4.8 million in sales.
"ParaNorman," an animated movie about a boy who can speak to the dead, held onto its fifth spot earning $4.2 million in box office receipts, just ahead of "The Bourne Legacy" which earned $4 million.
In seventh place, quirky fantasy-comedy "The Odd Life of Timothy Green" brought in $3.7 million, squeezing ahead of political spoof "The Campaign," starring Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis, which took in $3.4 million.
Rounding out the top 10 were political documentary "2016: Obama's America," by conservative writer and commentator Dinesh D'Souza, which made $3.3 million, ahead of the latest Batman film,"The Dark Knight Rises," on $3.2 million.