Hurricane Irene Helps "The Help" Beat New Box-Office Contenders 


It was a storm-soaked box-office weekend with the wrath of Hurricane Irene affecting box-office results and helping "The Help" weather competition from new films.

"The Help" remained the No. 1 film of the weekend with its $14.3 million box-office take (so far, "The Help" has grossed $96.6 million and is expected to reach $100 million by Tuesday.) Many East Coast theaters closed in preparation for Hurricane Irene and did not help the fate of new nationwide releases such as Zoe Saldana's action thriller "Colombiana" which debuted at No. 2 with 10.3 million.

Meanwhile, Katie Holmes' "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark" from producer/co-writer Guillermo Del Toro only managed to scare up $8.7 million debuting at No. 3. And Paul Rudd's comedy "Our Idiot Brother" landed at No. 5 with $6.6 million.

Here's the list of the Top 10 Box-Office Films for the rain-soaked weekend of Aug. 26th:

1. "The Help," $14.3 million.

2. "Colombiana," $10.3 million.

3. "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark," $8.7 million.

4. "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," $8.65 million ($22.1 million international).

5. "Our Idiot Brother," $6.6 million.

6. "Spy Kids: All the Time in the World," $5.7 million.

7. "The Smurfs," $4.8 million.

8. "Conan the Barbarian," $3.1 million.


9. "Fright Night," $3 million.

10. "Crazy, Stupid, Love," $2.9 million.

SOURCE: HOLLYWOOD.COM

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