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'The Help' Tops Box Office Again

'The Help' Tops Box Office Again

Emma Stone‘s The Help continued its reign over the box office this weekend, with a total of $14.3 million in ticket sales.

Second place went to Zoe Saldana‘s Colombiana, with $10.3 million, followed by Katie HolmesDon’t Be Afraid of the Dark, with $8.7 million.

Just missing third place was James Franco and Freida Pinto‘s Rise of the Planet of the Apes, with $8.7 million. Our Idiot Brother, starring Paul Rudd and Rashida Jones, took fifth with $6.6 million.

Variety notes that Hurricane Irene kept many moviegoers away from theaters and that numbers were down 20-25% from last year on the same weekend.

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  • because I can

    The Help is a genuinely good film. The acting is phenomenal, people who haven’t seen it already should do so!

  • LEEELEE

    the wonders of “word of mouth” because it really deserved to have a #1 opening, but this just proves how great a film it is! amazing

  • A

    @because I can: It’s not a good film and I refuse to support it by giving it my money but I know it’s a “feel good” movie for others.

  • anon

    @A:

    What didn’t you like about it? I haven’t seen it and though I know what the critics say, I am more interested in what your average citizen thinks. You did see it, right? After all you do seem to have a strong opinion about it.

  • because I can

    @A: So you’re saying it’s a bad film, even though you haven’t seen it? Wow, that makes total sense. Do you dislike it because of the segregation and racism issues tackled in the movie or are you just not supportive of any best-selling book turned into successful movie?

  • yep

    the help is an amazing movie! yes, it tackles difficult issues with truth and balance. the actors are amazing surely some oscar nominations. i saw colombiana this weeked it wasn’t anything special however i like zoe, she did a good job!

  • Sagascend

    The Help was great-by Hollywood standards. In real life, those events wouldn’t happen. Money-# 1; Politics-#2; Art-#3. That’s Hollywood.

  • Sagascend

    The Help was great-by Hollywood standards. In real life, those events wouldn’t happen. Money-# 1; Politics-#2; Art-#3. That’s Hollywood.

  • Rae

    Why does your article lead off with “Emma Stone’s…” when Viola Davis, an almost-certain Oscar nominee, has an equal or even more significant part? Just a bit racist of you.

  • Old man

    I remember the 60′s and yes, people of color were treated like that in the South. I remember seeing signs saying Whites Only and my grandparents and my mother saying some of the same things the white characters said of the “colored” folks in the movie. Good movie but glad times have changed!

  • http://ad slig o lambert ^_____^cute

    i see but i dont know hahahah

  • Jennica panettiere

    @Rae Wow, you can call it ignorant or biased but to automatically assume it’s racist to not call it Viola’s movie is really OTT.

  • So&So

    Good for everyone involved and yeah the film was pretty good but I still think it’s preposterous that in 2011 that the meatiest role for black women this year was the role of a maid. Like really Hollywood??

    Major studios need to grow some cojones and take some risks with respect to roles & stories showcasing minority talent.

    It’s not about making minority focused films as much as it’s putting minorities in roles given so generously to mediocre/no talent hacks more interested in PR than the craft of acting.

  • emily h

    @because I can: I am going to assume that you didn’t read the book before seeing the movie, as that is the only way one could think this was a good film. This movie was a horrible depiction of a detailed, brave, and moving piece of literature. Hollywood did what they do best and simplified the story so much that it became nothing more than a stereotypical “feel-good” movie about segregation in the 60s. It reminded me of a lifetime movie

  • Who Dat!?

    I am the only idiot who hasn’t seen The Help yet. I’ve been waiting for this movie to come out for months. I think I’m going to say the hell with seeing a movie alone and go to it by myself.

  • J

    I’m still waiting for that empowering movie about black people struggle, and they overcome it without white people being the great hope and help of everything. I’m glad this movie did good, but after a while, this shit does get old after a while. And that looking at it from a black person perceptive.

  • http://jho83 Jen

    @Who Dat!?:
    I went and seen the movie by myself during one of my split shifts at work! I thought it was a great movie….. bring some napkins or tissues with you too!

  • because I can

    @emily h:
    Actually, I did read the book before going to see the movie. While I can definitely see why die-hard fans of the book would be somewhat offended by it’s movie counterpart, one must admit that it is a great film. There are much worse book-movie adaptations.
    Like I stated before, the cast was great, the music, and the movie as a whole exceeded my expectations.

  • Reality Check

    Um … “The Help” is not purely Emma Stone’s movie. Please show some respect for the rest of the cast.

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