The Possession takes hold of U.S. box office for second week in a row

The film, which stars Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Kyra Sedgwick, held off competition from Shia LaBeouf’s gangster drama Lawless, which remained at two with takings of $6 million (£3.8 million).

Bradley Cooper and Zoe Saldana’s new movie The Words premiered in third with earnings of $5 million (£3.1 million), while The Expendables 2 ($4.8 million/£3 million) and The Bourne Legacy ($4 million/£2.5 million) came in fourth and fifth place, respectively.