The 14 Lowest Grossing Movies to Debut at Number One at the Box Office in the Modern Era

By Dustin Rowles | Box Office Round-Ups | September 9, 2012 |

Of course, $9.5 million is actually not a bad gross for Possession, as that was its second weekend (it opened at number one last weekend with $17 million). What's bad are films that debut at number one, and still make less than $10 million. Here's a list of the 14 films that have managed that feat since 1997.

1. Eye of the Beholder -- $5.9 million (January)

2. Fire Down Below -- $6 million (September)

3. Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star -- $6.6 million (September)

4. He Got Game -- $7.6 million (May)

5. Bangkok Dangerous -- $7.7 million (September)

6. Rounders -- $8.4 million (September)

7. Urban Legends: Final Cut -- $8.5 million (September)

8. The Covenant -- $8.8 million (September)

9. Pleasantville -- $8.8 million (October)

10. The Best Man -- $9.03 million (October)

11. The Watcher -- $9.06 million (September)

12. The Relic -- $9.06 million (January)

13. John Carpenter's Vampires -- $9.1 million (October)

14. Hardball -- $9.3 million (September)

Note that eight of those films opened in September, the real Hollywood dumping grounds (suck it, January).

The rest of the box office was even more dismal than The Possession. The highest grossing debut of this week was Bradley Cooper's The Words, which only mustered $5 million, good for third place (behind holdover Lawless, which made $6 million and is an awesome movie). That was better than the other wide release this weekend, Henry Cavill's The Cold Light of Day, which made only $1.8 million, opening at number 13. That's not very good.

In fact, I'm hard pressed to find any bright news in this week's box office, unless you count 2016: Obama's America, which made $3 million to bring its overall total to $26 million, making it the second most popular political documentary of all time behind Fahrenheit 9/11.

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