'The Help' Claims Top Spot; Newcomers Fall Flat

on August 21, 2011 by Phil Contrino
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Strong word-of-mouth helped propel The Help to a healthy #1 finish this weekend. Expect the female-skewing flick to continue to hold up very well in the weeks to come.

Spy Kids: All the Time in the World is the strongest of four new films, but that isn't saying much. The family-friendly action film grabbed a modest $4 million on Friday and $4.56 million on Saturday. The debut marks a sharp decline from the $33.4 million debut of 2003's Spy Kids 3D: Game Over.

Conan the Barbarian is off to a slow start with $3.65 million on Friday and $3.55 million on Saturday. A 49% approval rating from more than 24,000 Flixster users does not bode well for Conan's staying power in the weeks to come. Star Jason Momoa is clearly no Arnold Schwarzenegger: 1982's Conan the Barbarian debuted to $9.6 million or around $26 million when adjusting for inflation.

Fright Night has landed with a thud. At least word-of-mouth is healthy thanks to a respectable 75% approval rating from more than 16,000 Flixster users. The original version opened to $6.1 million in 1985, which works out to $13.6 million when adjusting for inflation.

Despite being trashed by critics, One Day is off to a respectable start considering that its playing at far less locations than its fellow newcomers. A 78% approval rating from more than 13,000 Flixster users will help it along nicely after its debut frame.

Domestic Comparison data:

Jan. 1 to Aug. 21, 2011: $7,042,772,000*
Jan. 1 to Aug. 21, 2010: $7,321,080,000
Total Decrease: $278,308,000, -3.8%

Aug. 1 to Aug. 21, 2011: $715,046,000*
Aug. 1 to Aug. 21, 2010: $644,834,000
Total Increase: $70,212,000, +10.9%

Aug. 19 to Aug. 21, 2011: $127,000,000*
Aug. 20 to Aug. 22, 2010: $128,571,000
Total Decrease: $1,571,000, -1.2%

Additional reporting by Daniel Garris.

 

Tags: The Help, Conan the Barbarian, Fright Night, Spy Kids: All the Time in the World, One Day
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