9.9-11.2011: Weekend Box Office – The $

Although it was a mildly contagious weekend, Steven Soderbergh’s Contagion cleared the streets and infected enough people to debut at the top of the box office and top the #1 movie of the past four weekends, #2 The Help ($8.926 million).  The boxing drama #3 Warrior ($5.242 million), starring Joel Edgerton and Tom Hardy, was the only other new film to break the top ten (Nick Swardson’s Bucky Larson: Born to be a Star and horror Creature were an abysmal #15 and #29, [dis]respectively).  Dramas with action, #4 The Debt ($4.905 million) and #5 Colombiana ($ million), rounded out the top five with its beautiful and tough as nails leading ladies, Helen Mirren, Zoe Saldana and Jessica Chastain.

It’s been four weekends since a film premiered and grossed more than $20 million, and it was up to the story and stars of Contagion to do just that.  The #1 movie, starring the likes of Matt Damon, Marion Cotillard, Jude Law and Kate Winslet, spread across the US and Canada to $22.403 million at 3,222 theaters.  The fear-inducing thriller has touched Italy (including the Venice Film Festival), Hong Kong, India and Singapore, and will continue its spread internationally over the next two months…turning viewers worldwide into Purell addicts.

Last weekend’s #3 Apollo 18, #4 Shark Night 3D and #5 Rise of the Planet of the Apes of Labor Day, switched it up to #8, #7 and #6, respectively.  To match the 8 in its 18, #8 Apollo 18 slipped the farthest and the fastest at $2.851 million, losing 67.2% and adding just two to its theater count.  #7 Shark Night 3D faired only slightly better at $3.408 million, losing 59.4% and adding forty more than Apollo 18‘s 2 to its theater count.  Out of the top five for the very first time, Rise of the Planet of the Apes dropped to #6 but still drew an audience after six weekends.  It grossed $3.886 million, boosting the domestic box office to $167.847 million and the worldwide box office to $373.947 million.

‘What To Watch – Theater Edition’ will be cruising until the end of September but we won’t be stuffing ourselves with the 24-hour buffet and lounging on the lido deck…we’ll be squeezing in all of the best and worst of the Fall 2011 television season.

Feed me at sharon@horrorhaven.com

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