BOX OFFICE: ‘The Help’ makes it a three-peat

Posted by · 10:29 am · September 4th, 2011

Earlier in the week “The Help” crossed the $100 million dollar mark, but all eyes were on a potential third-straight weekend at the top of the box office chart. And, well, here we are. Bravo to Disney for finding a spread of time that could allow the film slide to this designation and surely become the only film to do so this year. The drop from last weekend was next to non-existent (though a handful of screens were added), but this fire is going to keep burning for a while. With “Warrior” and “Contagion” hitting next weekend, the film’s days as lead box office dog are surely over, but it’s nevertheless an impressive stay.

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  • 1 9-04-2011 at 10:36 am

    SC said...

    Impressive for “The Help”. I was looking at Box Office Mojo, and they list absolutely zero overseas revenues for it; while I gather that its subject is one likely to be of markedly less interest to non-North American audiences, presumably it will be released overseas at some point?

    I’m glad that “The Debt” made #2. Was a good little thriller, deserves a wider audience than it will likely ever get. And that makes two Jessica Chastain films at #1 and #2.

    Hopefully “The Smurfs” will be out of the Top 10 after next week.

  • 2 9-04-2011 at 10:39 am

    Graysmith said...

    Worth pointing out since it probably doesn’t happen all too often: Jessica Chastain scores a one-two punch at the top of the box office.

    Anyway, solid opening for The Debt considering it seemed like it was headed for straight-to-video territory when it was pushed out of a 2010 release.

  • 3 9-04-2011 at 10:46 am

    Rashad said...

    Yeah, but no one went to see The Debt for her.

  • 4 9-04-2011 at 10:46 am

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Ah, great point, Graysmith.

  • 5 9-04-2011 at 11:42 am

    James D. said...

    I was looking forward to Shark Night, only to find it would be a toothless PG-13. Since they were obviously going the Piranha route, why do this?

  • 6 9-04-2011 at 11:43 am

    JJ1 said...

    Loved ‘The Help’. Really liked ‘The Debt’. Chastain, indeed.

    2 months ago I said to myself “this Jessica Chastain, 7 films this year … whatever. Haven’t seen ‘Tree of Life’. I see she’s a lesser character in ‘The Help’. Whatever. ‘The Debt’, what’s that?”.

    I take back all my prior thoughts. Enjoyed both films. And Chastain has bewitched me.

  • 7 9-04-2011 at 1:00 pm

    SJG said...

    Actually, Rashad, Chastain is pretty much the only thing that might move me to go see The Debt, which looks kind of dull to me but I’m getting a kick out of watching Chastain transform herself all over this year’s movies.

  • 8 9-04-2011 at 1:02 pm

    SJG said...

    Also, for what it’s worth, I’m becoming increasingly settled in my belief that she’ll win Supporting Actress for The Help just because there’s going to be a lot of people wanting to reward her for something and the “narrative” is going to be behind The Help.

  • 9 9-04-2011 at 1:51 pm

    JJ1 said...

    It’s early, but I’ve thought about that exact same scenario for Chastain, as well. ^

    In other words, she could be nommed in Supporting for ‘The Help’ (I think her best shot) or ‘Take Shelter’, and then she could win as a cumulative effect of the year.

    I think she’d get steep competition, though, from Redgrave & Spencer (of course, if they even get nommed, too).

  • 10 9-04-2011 at 1:54 pm

    JJ1 said...

    I just think she had such heart in that role in’The Help’. And if Jessica Lange (‘Blue Sky’) could win with AMPAS in a similarly physical role (1960’s bleach blonde, vivacious, sexy, sweet, ill-reputed among women, etc,), than perhaps she could, too.

    It’s a huge stretch. But it’s there.

  • 11 9-04-2011 at 2:50 pm

    Dana Jones said...

    Does this mean a Smurfs sequel, prequel, something-or-another is a sure thing…?

  • 12 9-04-2011 at 2:51 pm

    SC said...

    “The Smurfs 2” has already been announced, sadly.

  • 13 9-04-2011 at 2:57 pm

    m1 said...

    Why are people complaining about the Smurfs sequel? No one’s forcing you to see it.

    Contagion will be #1 next weekend. Warrior will be #2. Bucky Larson will bomb.

  • 14 9-04-2011 at 4:28 pm

    Dana Jones said...

    It’s just a sad, sad thing when we get a Smurf franchise and Yogi the Bear and whatever else is equally atrocious, but still no Arrested Development movie :(

  • 15 9-04-2011 at 5:18 pm

    Michael said...

    I just saw The Help this afternoon for the first time and I cried like a baby LOL. It is like comfort food: not particularly good or interesting film-making but a really good story and great acting across the board. And Sissy Spacek was a hoot! I’m glad to see the film doing as good as it has been.

  • 16 9-04-2011 at 5:21 pm

    Michael said...

    *doing as well as it has been. Wow no excuse for bad grammar like that LOL.

  • 17 9-04-2011 at 7:26 pm

    Ben M. said...

    I saw The Debt and Warrior and enjoyed both, even if neither was very original and the latter a good 15 minutes too long.

    I actually think these numbers are about as good as can be reasonably expected for the new openers given the release date and none were very expensive, all seemed to find their niche audience. I’m also not sure the box office draught will end in the next couple of weeks, since despite likely good reviews I wonder if Contagion’s subject matter will put some off (an end of civilization movie may not be what audiences want to see on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks), while I’m not sure there is much widespread anticipation for Warrior or Drive.

  • 18 9-04-2011 at 7:36 pm

    JJ1 said...

    I thought I had heard that box office tracking for ‘Contagion’ was pretty decent.

  • 19 9-04-2011 at 7:48 pm

    Liz said...

    Could “The Debt” have reached number one if its screen count had been higher? Or was it pretty much maxing out its potential audience at 1,800 screens?

  • 20 9-04-2011 at 8:14 pm

    JJ1 said...

    I would guess no. But to those with better box office insight, with it’s solid per screen average, could The Debt’s screen count go up in the next week(s)?

  • 21 9-05-2011 at 3:26 am

    RichardA said...

    It’s September and The Help is the movie to beat so far…just waiting for the other Contenders to get slammed.