While a dismal unemployment report dominated the news over the weekend, another set of numbers has Hollywood worrying. The weekend box-office take was the worst since just after September 11, studios are reporting.
Post-Labor Day numbers are usually low according to historical data, but not this low: no film cracked $10 million in ticket sales this weekend, and the overall take, about $65 million, was less than the weekend just after the historic terrorist attacks 11 years ago. Those films that suffered in the dismal weekend include Zoe Saldana and Bradley Cooper's The Words and Shia LaBeouf's Lawless. The Possession held on to the number-one spot, but at $9.5 million in ticket sales, it wasn't much of a victory.
The only winner of the weekend was, ironically, the anti-Obama documentary 2016: Obama's America, directed by Dinesh D'Souza. The critically-panned conservative film, which paints Obama as a radical socialist out to fulfill the wishes of a father he never knew, brought its total to $26 million domestically, making it second only to Michael Moore's Farenheit 9/11 in political documentaries.
Next week, Boris Kodjoe and his biceps hope to draw audiences back with Resident Evil: Retribution.
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