The Help won a third weekend in a row, and some amazing stats to go along with it.
Theoretically you could say the fact The Help only lost 2.3% of its business from last weekend could be chalked up the fact less screens were open last weekend due to Hurricane Irene. If those screens had been open, the film would have made more last weekend, meaning it’s take this weekend would be a bigger drop, but any way you slice it, it still brought in $14.2 million, bringing its domestic gross to $118.6 million off of a $25 million budget.
The new releases this week were subdued, and no match for the might of the three week title holder. Coming in second was the thriller The Debt. It scored a modest $9.67 million in its opening weekend.
Rise of the Planet of the Apes continued to beat its chest, coming in fifth this week with $7.8 million. It hasn’t set box office records, but it has certainly done a healthy business bringing in a total of $160 million domestically.
Overall the summer film season is closing out with a whimper, with nothing but The Help catching on with audiences. All of last week’s new releases - Colombiana, Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark and Our Idiot Brother - all fell out of the top 5. The title for the most embarrassing August release has to go to Conan the Barbarian which fell to 17th place this weekend with a paltry $1.3 million in its third weekend for a domestic total of $19.6 million. It hasn’t even been able to beat the dollar total of the 1982 film of the same name which brought in $39 million. Adjusted for inflation the new one is a complete train wreck.
The only major release for next weekend is Contagion, with a couple smaller films also taking their opening bows.