Saturday, August 27, 2011

Celeb News » "The Help" Tops Hurricane Irene Hampered Box Office

"The Help"

With expected Hollywood earnings of $120 million cut by a hefty projected loss of 25% thanks to Hurricane Irene, "The Help" held onto the top spot at the box office during a dismally slow start to the weekend of August 26-28, 2011.

The Emma Stone starring book-based picture, which has been perched atop the movie money-making list for the third straight week, pulled in $4.2 million on Friday while trending towards a weekend total of $13.5 million.

Having the unfortunate pleasure of opening up on the storm-impacted date, Zoe Saldana's newly released action flick "Colombiana" followed closely behind with a $4 million first day - which sets the Olivier Megaton directed offering up for a debut weekend take of $11 million.

Rounding out the top five at the box office in estimated weekend totals are the Katie Holmes fronted horror/thriller "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark" ($9 million), followed by "Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes" ($8.5 million) and the just-released Paul Rudd comedy "Our Idiot Brother" ($6 million).

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