Is it the because of the lack of the competition or is because The Help really is a good film? For the third straight weekend in a row, it was Disney’s book-to-big-screen adaption that topped the weekend box office (Friday-Sunday) with an additional estimated $14.2 million, bringing its total overall gross to $118.6 million. Needless to say The Help has been a powerhouse player the past few weeks and has far surpassed what many analysts projected it would draw.
Coming in second place was the weekend premiere of the drama thriller The Debt starring Helen Mirren and Sam Worthington. It was able to attract $11.57 million in addition to the $1.9 million it attracted during its Wednesday and Thursday debut, respectively.
In a battle between the two sci-fi/horror films, it was the NASA-debunked Apollo 18 that had the edge over Shark Night 3D. The former was able to rake in $8.7 million, 60,000 more than the latter.
Rounding out the top five was Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Apes was able to bring in $7.8 million, bringing its five-week total gross to $160.02 million domestically and $345.12 million worldwide.