'The Help' Still Rules Box Office on Labor Day Weekend


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The Tate Taylor-directed drama secures the top spot for the third week in a row, holding off such newcomers as 'The Debt' and 'Apollo 18' from taking the crown.

For the third week in a row, "The Help" secured the first place at North American box office. On this labor day weekend, the drama dropped a miniscule 2% and raked in an approximately $14.2 million. So far, the movie grossed $118.6 million in total after four weeks playing in theaters.

Newly released "The Debt" landed on the second place with an estimated $9.7 million. The John Madden-directed thriller has grossed $11.6 million since being released on Wednesday, August 31.

Finishing on number three was another newcomer, "Apollo 18". The sci-fi thriller has earned around $8.7 million which was below expectation. The movie, which production only cost $5 million, appealed to 59% male moviegoers, with 64% of them over the age of 25.

Another thriller, "Shark Night 3D", was placed fourth with an estimated $8.6 million on its debut weekend. The David R. Ellis-directed film attracted 57% youngsters, with 53% of them male viewers.

Rounding up the top five was "Rise of the Planet of the Apes", which grossed an approximately $7.8 million, dropping 12% from last weekend. The sci-fi movie has earned $160 million in total for its domestic cume.

Top Ten Movies at Box Office for September 2-4:

  1. "The Help" - $14.2 million
  2. "The Debt" - $9.7 million
  3. "Apollo 18" - $8.7 million
  4. "Shark Night 3D" - $8.6 million
  5. "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" - $7.8 million
  6. "Colombiana" - $7.4 million
  7. "Our Idiot Brother" - $5.1 million
  8. "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark" - $4.9 million
  9. "Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World" - $4.6 million
  10. "The Smurfs" - $4 million

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