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    Shia LaBeouf's Box-Office Streak Goes Poof (While an All-Time Bomb Goes Boom)

    Shia LaBouf, Lawless, The Ooogieloves, Big Balloon Adventure The Weinstein Company, Kenn Viselman Presents

    It didn't figure Lawless would be Shia LaBeouf's eighth straight No. 1 box-office hit, and it wasn't.

    But Goobie, Zoozie and Toofie are probably jealous anyway. (More on them in a bit.)

    LaBeouf's Depression-era crime drama took second in the final weekend of summer with a $10 million Friday-Sunday.

    Surprising summer box-office results

    The Exorcist-vibing horror movie The Possession took the top spot with a $17.7 million Friday-Sunday, and an estimated $21.3 million Friday-Monday that was the second-biggest, four-day Labor Day weekend-opening ever. ("[L]ike winning a participation medal at the turtle races," Exhibitor Relations tweeted of the accomplishment.)

    And while Labor Day doesn't usually feature gangbuster performances, it hasn't ever witnessed a bomb like The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure

    The Teletubbies-vibing children's movie, featuring the aforementioned characters Goobie, Zoozie and Toofie, and appearances by kid favorites Chazz Palminteri and Cloris Leachman, averaged about $200 at each of its 2,160 theaters.

    The Avengers goes out big

    The opening is the worst of any film ever debuting at between 2,000 and 2,500 screens, per BoxOfficeMojo.com stats. Its Friday-Sunday grand sum of $445,089 is the 12th-lowest of all-time for a wide-release debut.  

    The unfunny punchline: It reportedly cost $20 million to make, and another $40 million to make it into theaters.

    More weekend results:

    LaBeouf beefs up for new movie

    • Prior to Lawless, LaBeouf, in the midst of a personal "calming down," had starred in seven consecutive No. 1-opening movies, dating back to 2007's Disturbia, and not including the animated film, Surf's Up. (Note: As the comments section correctly notes, Lawless opened at No. 1 on Wednesday, its first day in theaters. But No. 1 streaks, as a rule, are marked in weekends not days. For those keeping score at home, Lawless has taken in an estimated $15.1 million to date.) 

    The Avengers returned to wide release, but not to the Top 10. It took in $2.2 million Friday-Monday, upped its domestic haul to $620 million, but, as expected, got nowhere closer really to toppling Titanic for the No. 2 spot among Hollywood's all-time champs. 

    The Amazing Spider-Man ($1.4 million Friday-Sunday) played out its string here, but capped off its debut in China with a $14.5 million, box-office-topping weekend. The reboot's worldwide gross is now at $735.2 million.

    Joseph Gordon-Levitt's Premium Rush ($3.9 million Friday-Sunday; $5.1 million Friday-Monday) and Dax Shepards Hit and Run ($2.6 million Friday-Sunday; $3.2 million Friday-Monday) dropped out of the Top 10 after stays of just one week each.

    The Bourne Legacy ($7.3 million Friday-Sunday; $9.4 million Friday-Monday) continued its slow-ish march to $100 million domestically.

    Do we really need more movies about guys on bikes? (Yes.)

    2016: Obama's America ($5.1 million Friday-Sunday; $7.1 million Friday-Monday) enjoyed no bounce from the Republican convention. Despite moving up to more than 1,700 theaters, the Tea Party doc dropped two spots in the rankings, from seventh to ninth.

    • Things went from bad to worse for the Ashley Greene horror miss The Apparition ($635,000 Friday-Sunday; $765,000 Friday-Monday), which suffered one of the all-time biggest plunges in week-to-week ticket sales. 

    Meryl Streep's Hope Springs ($4.7 million Friday-Sunday; $6 million Friday-Monday) quietly broke the $50 million mark domestically.

    • Overall, the Labor Day weekend box office was less dead than usual. The holiday period was up a tick from last year's, Exhibitor Relations' numbers noted. The box-office tracking firm, however, was calling for the summer movie season on the whole to be off from 2011's.

    Here's a complete look at the holiday weekend's top movies, per updated Friday-Sunday domestic totals and Friday-Monday estimates as reported by the studios and Exhibitor Relations:

    1. The Possession, $17.7 million Friday-Sunday ($21.3 million Friday-Monday)
    2. Lawless, $10 million Friday-Sunday ($13 million Friday-Monday)
    3. The Expendables 2, $8.9 million Friday-Sunday ($11.2 million Friday-Monday)
    4. The Bourne Legacy, $7.3 million Friday-Sunday ($9.4 million Friday-Monday)
    5. ParaNorman, $6.6 million Friday-Sunday ($8.9 million Friday-Monday)
    6. The Odd Life of Timothy Green, $6.3 million ($8.7 million Friday-Monday)
    7. The Dark Knight Rises, $6.1 million Friday-Sunday ($7.9 million Friday-Monday)
    8. The Campaign, $5.7 million Friday-Sunday ($7 million Friday-Monday)
    9. 2016: Obama's America, $5.1 million Friday-Sunday ($7.1 million Friday-Monday)
    10. Hope Springs, $4.7 million Friday-Sunday ($6 million Friday-Monday)

    (Originally published at 11:06 a.m. PT on Sept. 2, 2012.)

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