'The Help' wins slow hurricane weekend
By Adnan Tezer Aug 29, 2011, 18:19 GMT
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Disney-DreamWorks' "The Help" was able to take the top spot over a down weekend at the box office with $14.3 million.
According to Variety, the domestic cumulative for the film stands at $96.6 million.
The slow weekend was attributed to Hurricane Irene, which caused nearly 1,000 theater closings on the East Coast.
An estimated $25 million in domestic box office was lost.
Sony's thriller "Colombiana" opened in the No. 2 spot with $10.3 million.
Tied for the No. 3 spot was FilmDistrict's horror film "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark" and 20th Century Fox's "Rise of the Planet of the Apes."
"Don't Be Afraid of the Dark" opened with $8.7 million.
"Apes" also earned $8.7 million for a domestic cumulative of $148.5 million.
The Weinstein Company’s comedy "Our Idiot Brother" opened in the No. 5 spot with $6.6 million.