‘The Possession’ Tops US Box Office

Poster of ‘Possession’

New York: (ANI)  Lionsgate’s ‘The Possession’ took hold of the top spot at the box office with a 17.7-million-dollar collection while the polarizing documentary ‘2016: Obama’s America’ continued to win the populist vote in a landslide.

‘The Possession’, purported to be based on “a true story” of a cursed box containing a Jewish demon, took advantage of a PG-13 rating and a summer drought of horror movies to perform better than expected.

‘2016: Obama’s America’ has been drawing crowds even at the Union Square Stadium 14 in the heart of Democrat-leaning Manhattan, the New York Daily News reported.

The movie, co-directed by conservative scholar Dinesh D’Souza, earned another 5.1 million dollars as it expanded to 1,747 screens.The Weinstein Co.’s ‘Lawless’, which opened on Wednesday, finished in second place over the weekend with 9.7 million dollars.

Lionsgate also continued to cash in with ‘The Expendables 2’, which was the box office champ for the two previous weekends, which added 8.8 million dollars to its total collection. Universal’s ‘The Bourne Legacy’ continued to inch towards the 100-million-dollar mark, finishing fourth with 7.2 million dollars.

‘The Oogieloves’ – another independently distributed movie, proved to be a horror of a different kind. The family movie’s 207-dollar per screen take is the lowest ever for a wide release, Variety reported.

The top 10 movies at the weekend box office were:

The Possession – 17.7 million dollars

Lawless – 9.7 million

The Expendables 2 – 8.8 million dollars

The Bourne Legacy – 7.2 million dollars

ParaNorman – 6.6 million dollars

The Odd Life of Timothy Green – 6.1 million dollars

The Dark Knight Rises – 5.9 million dollars

The Campaign – 5.4 million dollars

2016: Obama’s America – 5.1 million dollars

Hope Springs – 4.7 million dollars

Research Shows Hollywood Trivialises Mensuration

Sydney (IANS) Hollywood culture trivialises menstruation, raising concerns about whether it is frightening girls into believing the experience is worse than the reality, according to a study. Researcher Lauren Rosewarne, from the Melbourne University’s School of Social and Political Sciences, analysed hundreds of representations of menstruation in film and TV. “The presentation of menstruation on screen is an overwhelmingly negative one,” she said.

The research identified the representation of menstruation in Carrie (1976) as perhaps the most traumatising. “The fusion of a naked girl, shower stream, screaming and blood harked back to cinema’s most famous shower horror scene from Psycho. Even though the audience presumably recognised Carrie was only menstruating, the character’s terror was contagious,” said Rosewarne.

Her analysis included jokes, plot lines and references from popular TV shows such as The Big Bang Theory, Mad Men, Friends and Grey’s Anatomy, and blockbuster films like Annie Hall, Anchorman and Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life.

“The regularity, normalcy and uneventfulness of real life menstruation is rarely portrayed on screen. Instead, it’s treated as traumatic, embarrassing, distressing, offensive, comedic or thoroughly catastrophic,” Rosewarne said, according to a university statement.

“There are numerous portrayals where menstruation is considered as evil, disgusting and as the root of all female evil.” Rosewarne said these negative representations affected how women approached their own experiences.

“Girls in real life are viewing menstruation as a hassle, women are happily filling prescriptions to make it go away, men are mocking it, loathing it and rarely understanding it,” she said.

Rosearne’s full analysis will appear in her upcoming book, Periods in Pop Culture, to be published by Lexington Books.

‘Avengers’ Smash All Weekend Records, Earns 200 Million

London: (ANI) The much hyped super hero epic ‘The Avengers’ has smashed the record for the biggest US opening weekend, by raking in 200 million dollars, according to early figures.The previous best opening weekend record was held by ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2’, which opened in July 2011 with 169 million dollars.

The Disney film was titled ‘Marvel Avengers Assemble’ for its UK release, the BBC reported. Included in the top five of biggest openers are ‘The Dark Knight’ and ‘Spider-Man 3’.The Dark Knight, starring Christian Bale as the Caped Crusader, took ‘158 million dollars in its opening weekend in 2008, while ‘Spider-Man 3’ took 151 million dollars.

The Avengers, directed by Joss Whedon, failed to beat the final Harry Potter“s first day takings record of 91 million dollars but surpassed it over the following two days.

No other big films dared go up against it, with only the British film ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’ being released on the same day. `The Avengers` has so far raked in 641 million dollars worldwide.