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‘The Possession’ possesses the box office

by Uri Fintzy, JTA

September 4, 2012 | 2:03 pm

'The Possession'. Photo courtesy Diyah Pera

'The Possession'. Photo courtesy Diyah Pera

“The Possession” is off to a devilishly good start at the box office, grossing $21.3 million -- making it the second best opening for a movie on Labor Day weekend after “Halloween” in 2007, which brought in $30.6 million. Based on the dybbuk, a malevolent Jewish spirit, and the film "The Exorcist,” it features Matisyahu in his big screen debut and Kyra Sedgwick. The film tells the story of a young girl (Natasha Calis) who buys a mysterious box at a yard sale, unaware that inside lives an ancient spirit. Despite the box office success, “The Possession” received mixed reviews, scoring only 39 percent on the Rotten Tomatoes Fresh scale, but performing better with critic Roger Ebert, who gave the film 3 1/2 out of 4 stars.

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