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Weekend Box-Office: September 2-4, 2011

09.04.2011

The Help don't need no help...

Be honest...if we'd have asked you, before the summer started, which film you believed would be the 1st movie since INCEPTION to remain in the #1 spot for three weekends in a row, how many would have predicted THE (F*CKIN') HELP? I mean....seriously!? I know I sure wouldn't have! That said, the film seems to have seriously touched many people, as it is now barreling close to $120M for its overall gross since it was released one month ago and is also getting some serious "Oscar buzz" now. All that on a $25M budget, you say? It's a hit, boys and chicks!

Now even though it's technically a 4-day weekend (if you include Labor Day, which is on Monday), we're presenting the standard 3-day weekend figures below. Most films maintained close to the same amount that they made last weekend (for example, THE HELP only lost 2% of its audience from last week, and RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES only lost 12%), but that was mostly because of the super-low numbers last weekend, due to that dang hurricane thingamajig!

With this week's added box-office dollars, RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES is now only $4M off the 10th place spot for the overall 2011 box-office movies (right behind KUNG FU PANDA 2). THE HELP has actually moved up to 18th place on that chart as well....leapfrogging over THE GREEN LANTERN. Who knew!

The weekend's 3 new films fared decently but nothing to write their investment banker about. THE DEBT was the surprising winner of the three new releases in 2nd place with about $10M in receipts. The other 2 horror/thriller films, APOLLO 18 and SHARK NIGHT 3D, were destroyed by critics but placed themselves in 3rd and 4th place respectively. The budgets for all 3 movies were unknown at the time of this write-up. Actually, very little was known about APOLLO 18 even before it was released! (including the actors' names)

The 3 films to get booted from the top 10 in order to make place for the 3 new films included CRAZY STUPID LOVE ($74M), FRIGHT NIGHT ($17M) and CONAN THE BARBARIAN ($20M). The two latter films can be considered "failures" although I still believe FRIGHT NIGHT would have opened with at least $20M had it been released in late October. I don't get that one...

Next weekend sees the release a handful of diverse films including the continuing demise of Adam Sandler's "successful" movie run with something they're calling BUCKY LARSON: BORN TO BE A STAR starring such luminaries as Stephen Dorff, Pauly Shore and Don Johnson! The film mainly stars Nick Swardson, whom I enjoy most of the time, but his over-the-top character in JUST GO WITH IT was amazingly unfunny, and this one looks about the same.

We're also getting the latest "a virus will kill everyone on Earth" movie entitled CONTAGION, which is directed by the soon-to-be-retiring Steven Soderbergh and starring a ton of solid actors like Matt Damon, Laurence Fishburne, Kate Winslet, Jude Law and others. And finally, the film that our very own Chris Bumbray gave a 10/10, was also adored by the Arrow and Moreno from our site, and seems to be gearing up to become the latest "sports film" to touch hearts at the same time, entitled WARRIOR (lame title though). So do you think THE HELP will hold on for a 4th weekend in a row or will one of the 3 new movies take over the #1 spot? VOTE HERE!!!

# MOVIE TITLE WKND $ TOTAL $
1. The Help $14.2 M $118.6 M
2. The Debt $9.7 M
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3. Apollo 18 $8.7 M
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4. Shark Night 3D $8.6 M
NEW
5. Rise of the Planet of the Apes $7.8 M $160 M
6. Colombiana $7.4 M $21.9 M
7. Our Idiot Brother $5.2 M $15.4 M
8. Don't Be Afraid of the Dark $4.9 M $16.4 M
9. Spy Kids: All the Time in the World $4.6 M $29 M
10. The Smurfs $4 M $131.9 M

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Extra Tidbit: It's interesting to note that the last film to be #1 besides THE HELP and RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES was COWBOYS & ALIENS back in late July...

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11:05AM on 09/06/2011

Can't bring myself to see this movie.

No matter how many thumbs up this movie gets from my fellow MFCers. I just can't bring myself to see The Help. It just seems like a movie that would be loved by the Oprah book club which would likely bore me to tears. At least, it isn't a remake of lame tv show/movie from the eighties. I'll give it that.
No matter how many thumbs up this movie gets from my fellow MFCers. I just can't bring myself to see The Help. It just seems like a movie that would be loved by the Oprah book club which would likely bore me to tears. At least, it isn't a remake of lame tv show/movie from the eighties. I'll give it that.
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8:24AM on 09/06/2011
The Help 2: Help Takes A Vacation
The Help 2: Mr. Peter No Home
The Help 2: Electric Helpaloo
The Help 2: Lets go hangover 2 and keep the story the same but change a character into a monkey and add an asian!
The Help 2: Help Takes A Vacation
The Help 2: Mr. Peter No Home
The Help 2: Electric Helpaloo
The Help 2: Lets go hangover 2 and keep the story the same but change a character into a monkey and add an asian!
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2:42AM on 09/06/2011
Gotta love PG-13 copout Shark Night beaten by R-rated The Debt playing on a 1000 theaters less.
Gotta love PG-13 copout Shark Night beaten by R-rated The Debt playing on a 1000 theaters less.
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10:09PM on 09/05/2011
The Help 2: More helpful
The Help 2: More helpful
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4:51PM on 09/05/2011
Since "The Help" has done so well, it will inevitably spawn a sequel--allow me to suggest a title: "The Help 2: Help Harder".
Also, I just read an article that suggests Soderbergh isn't really retiring, which I'd think comes as a surprise to absolutely no one..

Since "The Help" has done so well, it will inevitably spawn a sequel--allow me to suggest a title: "The Help 2: Help Harder".
Also, I just read an article that suggests Soderbergh isn't really retiring, which I'd think comes as a surprise to absolutely no one..

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2:54PM on 09/05/2011

WTF!!

GTHFOH
GTHFOH
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12:39PM on 09/05/2011
WTG The Help!!... the underdog's kicking ass!
WTG The Help!!... the underdog's kicking ass!
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11:08AM on 09/05/2011

The Artist

Has Anyone watched the trailer for "The Artist". French flick getting some pretty sick early Oscar Buzz. Other then that, yep, waiting for Drive. Oh oh oh and I'm really sad that I have to wait an extra day to get the JoBlo Podcast :'(. I need a fix of Law & Moreno
Has Anyone watched the trailer for "The Artist". French flick getting some pretty sick early Oscar Buzz. Other then that, yep, waiting for Drive. Oh oh oh and I'm really sad that I have to wait an extra day to get the JoBlo Podcast :'(. I need a fix of Law & Moreno
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11:07AM on 09/05/2011
Well at least this should spell the end for the "Spy Kids" franchise?
Well at least this should spell the end for the "Spy Kids" franchise?
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4:30AM on 09/05/2011
I'm just waiting for Drive now. Might see Contagion if the reviews are good.
I'm just waiting for Drive now. Might see Contagion if the reviews are good.
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2:08AM on 09/05/2011

I checked out Our Idiot Brother this weekend..

and it was SUCH a good flick :] Hilarious and extremely heart warming.
and it was SUCH a good flick :] Hilarious and extremely heart warming.
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1:44AM on 09/05/2011
Well, there always has to be a number one, no matter what amount of cash it makes. The Help has been goign along nicely, but at levels that wouldn'r see it in the top five on any normal weekends. We've had some crap box office weekends lately.
Only one film made more than 10 million. And 7 of the top 10 have a culmulative total of less than 50 million.
Weak sauce.
Well, there always has to be a number one, no matter what amount of cash it makes. The Help has been goign along nicely, but at levels that wouldn'r see it in the top five on any normal weekends. We've had some crap box office weekends lately.
Only one film made more than 10 million. And 7 of the top 10 have a culmulative total of less than 50 million.
Weak sauce.
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1:08AM on 09/05/2011
This is the time of year where I hate the box office. Nothing is exciting.
This is the time of year where I hate the box office. Nothing is exciting.
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12:43AM on 09/05/2011
Too bad Fright Night hasn't done better. I enjoyed it considerably as it was probably one of the more entertaining films of the year. Had they released it two weeks before Halloween it would have definitely cleared 50 million. Honestly, the studio should do a two week re-release in October. It deserves the shot.
Too bad Fright Night hasn't done better. I enjoyed it considerably as it was probably one of the more entertaining films of the year. Had they released it two weeks before Halloween it would have definitely cleared 50 million. Honestly, the studio should do a two week re-release in October. It deserves the shot.
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12:14AM on 09/05/2011

i got to see Warrior

so....NA-NA NA-NA BOO BOO STICK YOUR HEAD IN DOO DOO
so....NA-NA NA-NA BOO BOO STICK YOUR HEAD IN DOO DOO
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10:03PM on 09/04/2011
I agree with Philal. This site ranked Bridesmain #1 so there should be no whining about the Help which to me is a much better movie. Besides, I'd rather see Emma Stone than Melissa McCarthy or however you spell her name.
I agree with Philal. This site ranked Bridesmain #1 so there should be no whining about the Help which to me is a much better movie. Besides, I'd rather see Emma Stone than Melissa McCarthy or however you spell her name.
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10:08PM on 09/04/2011
Again, I'll ask you the same thing I did this "Philal" dude...WHERE do you see us "complaining"? Please show me this so-called complaint?

Besides, if you guys had seen either film, you'd know that one is an R-rated COMEDY and the other is an adult DRAMA. So if we liked one, we HAVE TO like the other?? I see ZERO SENSE in this argument. Please expand on your note because it sounds like bitching for the sake of bitching...
Again, I'll ask you the same thing I did this "Philal" dude...WHERE do you see us "complaining"? Please show me this so-called complaint?

Besides, if you guys had seen either film, you'd know that one is an R-rated COMEDY and the other is an adult DRAMA. So if we liked one, we HAVE TO like the other?? I see ZERO SENSE in this argument. Please expand on your note because it sounds like bitching for the sake of bitching...
1:29AM on 09/05/2011
my strike back was not meant to bitch about anything or create an argument, so for that i apologize.
my strike back was not meant to bitch about anything or create an argument, so for that i apologize.
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9:57PM on 09/04/2011
The Help is going the way of the blind side, but I swear if any of these people get an Oscar, it will further demean that awards show.
The Help is going the way of the blind side, but I swear if any of these people get an Oscar, it will further demean that awards show.
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10:38AM on 09/05/2011
I didn't see The Blind Side. I did se The Help. It's not a perfect film by any means, but I'd support Viola Davis for Best Supporting Actress. There are a couple standout performances here, but she's the one that really keeps this movie grounded and not too gushy.
I didn't see The Blind Side. I did se The Help. It's not a perfect film by any means, but I'd support Viola Davis for Best Supporting Actress. There are a couple standout performances here, but she's the one that really keeps this movie grounded and not too gushy.
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9:54PM on 09/04/2011
lol says the website who named Bridesmaids as the best movie of the summer, yet complain about a movie like The Help.
lol says the website who named Bridesmaids as the best movie of the summer, yet complain about a movie like The Help.
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10:05PM on 09/04/2011
Where do you see us "complaining" about THE HELP? We're SURPRISED about the success of the film, as are about 98% of the people in this industry. Get your facts straight before bitching for no good reason...
Where do you see us "complaining" about THE HELP? We're SURPRISED about the success of the film, as are about 98% of the people in this industry. Get your facts straight before bitching for no good reason...
12:41AM on 09/05/2011
Joblo was expressing surprise not discontent with the Help's success which is completely understandable. Calm down philalva77.
Joblo was expressing surprise not discontent with the Help's success which is completely understandable. Calm down philalva77.
1:27AM on 09/05/2011
well im a joblo supporter so i will retract my statement if mr. joblo himself responded, guess it just came off as such.
well im a joblo supporter so i will retract my statement if mr. joblo himself responded, guess it just came off as such.
9:25PM on 09/04/2011
lol they should just market this as "The Blind Side of this year!"

Coming next year: Natalie Portman in "I don't care what my stuffy white friends say, racism is bad!"

Jesus I really hope Contagion is good. Terrible few weeks for movies.
lol they should just market this as "The Blind Side of this year!"

Coming next year: Natalie Portman in "I don't care what my stuffy white friends say, racism is bad!"

Jesus I really hope Contagion is good. Terrible few weeks for movies.
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9:20PM on 09/04/2011
Good for The Help. Whatever gets folks out to the theaters!
Good for The Help. Whatever gets folks out to the theaters!
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8:52PM on 09/04/2011
the help has that "fried green tomatoes" appeal...that's a factor.
the help has that "fried green tomatoes" appeal...that's a factor.
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7:43PM on 09/04/2011
"..leapfrogging over THE GREEN LANTERN. Who knew!" Uh everyone with a brain who watched the Green Lantern preview. I KNOW RIGHT!?!?
"..leapfrogging over THE GREEN LANTERN. Who knew!" Uh everyone with a brain who watched the Green Lantern preview. I KNOW RIGHT!?!?
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