The film industry recorded its slowest weekend in more than a decade, with ticket sales amounting to only $67 million, the Los Angeles Times reports. The total makes the weekend the lowest grossing since the second weekend after the Sept. 11, 2011, terrorist attacks, the story says.
Receipts dropped 18% from the same weekend a year earlier. Not one movie drew more than $10 million, with the weekend’s top movie, "The Possession," selling $9.5 million in tickets, the story says. "The Words," which stars Bradley Cooper — rated by People magazine as 2011’s most attractive man — opened with only $5 million in sales.
Commenting on the weekend following Labor Day Weekend, Steven Friedlander, executive vice president of theatrical distribution for CBS Films, which is releasing "The Words," said: "Historically, it’s a weekend where people are getting their life back into order after the summer, and movies aren’t part of it. You’re doing back-to-school shopping, getting the kids into the dorms, and soccer moms are back on the road.”