The Help wins again while Colombiana and Don't Be Afraid of the Dark finish strong at the weekend box office

Posted by: Brad Sturdivant

If you live on the East Coast, then chances are good you’ve been impacted somehow by Hurricane Irene.  Well, movie theaters are not immune to the weather and theaters in NYC, Boston, D.C. and many other cities along the coast closed down on Saturday and Sunday, leading to the worst movie-going weekend of 2011.  With that said, THE HELP managed to win the weekend box office again with an estimated $14.5 million weekend.  As for the newcomers, the Zoe Saldana action film COLOMBIANA did the best with a second place showing and the Guillermo del Toro produced DON’T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK finished in third place.  The disappointing turn of the weekend belongs to Paul Rudd’s OUR IDIOT BROTHER, which finished sixth.  However, if there’s one film this weekend that was hurt by the hurricane, I’d say it was Brother.

We’re in a bit of a slump when it comes to movie weekends.  The summer movies are done and we haven’t hit Oscar season yet.  Next weekend sees the release of SHARK NIGHT 3D and APOLLO 18.  I can’t imagine either of them doing great at the box office, so either one of this week’s new releases will gain some traction or THE HELP will make it three in a row.  Note: the numbers below will be updates as they become final.

Bryce Dallas Howard and Emma Stone in The Help

1. The Help $14.5m

2. Colombiana $10.2m

3. Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark $9.2m

4. Rise of the Planet of the Apes $8.5m

5. Spy Kids 4D $6.2m

6. Our Idiot Brother $6m

7. The Smurfs $4.7m

8. Conan The Barbarian $3.2m

9. Fright Night $3m

10. Crazy, Stupid, Love $3m

Source: Deadline

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