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Weekend Box-Office: September 9-11, 2011

09.11.2011

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The entire weekend as a whole, was extremely disappointing for Hollywood as it turned out to be the lowest grossing weekend of 2011 so far. That in itself isn't a major surprise since the end of August/early September is known to be the "dump weeks" for crappy studio movies, but Steven Soderbergh's CONTAGION didn't seem to fit that bill and audiences agreed as the film beat most expectations to open in 1st place with $23M, while at the same time, finally knocking THE HELP from the top spot after 3 consecutive weeks at the helm.

The best-reviewed film of the weekend, WARRIOR, didn't fare as well with only $6M in its debut but as part of the lowest weekend gross of the year, it did manage a 3rd place showing. The folks behind the film are confident that the movie will "have legs" and stick around the top ten for weeks to come, but we'll have to wait and see about that. The good news about the other new release of the week, the horribly-reviewed BUCKY LARSON (it literally has 0% rating on Rotten Tomatoes), was that audiences didn't buy into Adam Sandler's "shtick" anymore as the film made only $1.5M with an 11th place opening. Stop counting your millions dude, and make sure you actually read the screenplays you're putting your name on...this is getting embarrassing now.

No major surprises in the rest of the top 10, as APOLLO 18 lost the greatest amount of its audience from last weekend (66%) while THE HELP lost the least (40%). THE HELP has grossed $137M since it was released five weeks ago. The 2 films to get knocked out of the top 10 this weekend included DON'T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK ($21M) and THE SMURFS ($136M). It's interesting to note that THE SMURFS have grossed an additional $312M overseas which brings their worldwide total to $457M, which ain't too shabby.

RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES also moved into 10th place for the summer movies (which also turns into the top 10 for the entire 2011), surpassing KUNG FU PANDA 2 which now sits in 11th place with $165M. Below is the top 15 from this summer's movies...

1. HARRY POTTER... - $377M
2. TRANSFORMERS 3 - $350M
3. THE HANGOVER 2 - $254M
4. PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN 4 - $241M
5. FAST FIVE - $210M
6. CARS 2 - $189M
7. THOR - $181M
8. CAPTAIN AMERICA - $173M
9. BRIDESMAIDS - $169M
10. RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES - $168M
11. KUNG FU PANDA 2 - $165M
12. X-MEN: FIRST CLASS - $146M
13. THE HELP - $137M
14. THE SMURFS - $136M
15. SUPER 8 - $127M

Next weekend sees the release of 3 new films including the remake of the Dustin Hoffman thriller entitled STRAW DOGS starring Lois Lane and Cyclops, the highly-touted DRIVE starring Ryan Gosling and directed by the man behind BRONSON, as well as a chick flick starring Sarah Jessica Parker called I DON'T KNOW HOW SHE DOES IT (also co-stars Pierce Brosnan, Christina Hendricks, Olivia Munn, Kelsey Grammer, Seth Meyers, Greg Kinnear, Jane Curtin and Jessica Szohr). BTW, our very own Chris Bumbray already saw DRIVE and thought it kicked major ass (read his review HERE). So which film do you think will finish in the #1 spot next weekend? VOTE HERE!!!

# MOVIE TITLE WKND $ TOTAL $
1. Contagion $23.1 M
NEW
2. The Help $8.7 M $137.1 M
3. Warrior $5.6 M
NEW
4. The Debt $4.9 M $21.9 M
5. Colombiana $4 M $29.7 M
6. Rise of the Planet of the Apes $3.9 M $167.8 M
7. Shark Night 3D $3.5 M $14.8 M
8. Apollo 18 $2.9 M $15 M
9. Our Idiot Brother $2.8 M $21.4 M
10. Spy Kids: All the Time in the World $2.5 M $34.2 M

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