Contagion beats The Help and Warrior at the weekend box office

Posted by: Brad Sturdivant

Early box office numbers indicate that this weekend will be the worst financially performing weekend of the year at the box office.  Yes, even worse than the weekend that Hurricane Irene kept half the East Coast inside on Saturday and Sunday.  What makes this more confusing is that this weekend didn’t feature the normally lousy fare that late summer/early fall releases usually produce.  This weekend had two very good movies with a ton of star power.  CONTAGION (which featured Matt Damon, Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow and a slew of other big names) ended up finishing first, but even it managed less than $25 million.  But the biggest surprise is with WARRIOR, which critics loved (read our WARRIOR review) and had two  up and comers in Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton.  It only managed a third place showing, being bested by THE HELP, which is in its fifth week.  I have to wonder if the numerous early showings and last Sunday’s pseudo-release ended up hurting the film’s overall numbers this weekend.

Next week sees the highly anticipated release of DRIVE, starring Ryan Gosling, along with the STRAW DOGS remake and Sarah Jessica Parker’s latest I DON’T KNOW HOW SHE DOES IT.  It will be a crime against humanity if DRIVE isn’t number one, but I’m still curious as to how American audiences are going to react to it.  Note: the numbers below will be updated as they become final.

Matt Damon in Contagion

1. Contagion $24m

2. The Help $9.4m

3. Warrior $4.8m

4. The Debt $4.5m

5. Colombiana $4m

6. Rise of the Planet of the Apes $4m

7. Shark Night 3D $3.6m

8. Apollo 18 $3m

9. Our Idiot Brother $3m

10 (T). Laugh at my Pain $2m

10 (T). Spy Kids 4 $2m

Source: Deadline

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