‘The Help’ shines again at top of box office
LOS ANGELES, Aug 28 — The hard-working maids of “The Help” beat three new releases to win the North American box office on a weekend dampened by Hurricane Irene, according to studio estimates released today.
“The Help,” an inspirational film about black housekeepers in Civil Rights-era Mississippi, hung on to the No. 1 spot for the second straight weekend with US$14.3 million (RM42.9 million) in US and Canadian ticket sales, distributor Walt Disney Co said.
Action movie “Columbiana” finished second with US$10.3 million while horror flick “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark” took third place with US$8.7 million.
Box-office sales were pressured by Hurricane Irene, which forced the closure of theatres in big markets such as New York and kept moviegoers at home along a broad stretch of the East Coast.
TriStar Pictures, a unit of Sony Corp, released “Columbiana.” “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark” was distributed by FilmDistrict. — Reuters