After three consecutive weeks sitting on top, “The Help” finally let go of its grip on the box office. Still, the film managed to earn a few accolades during its reign. The film stayed at No. 1 for 25 days in a row which was the longest uninterrupted streak since “The Sixth Sense” achieved 35 straight days. The Emma Stone starrer also became the first film of 2011 to top the box office three straight weeks and the last since “Inception”. Not too shabby for the little film that could. With already $130 million raked in, I’m sure the studio which spent only $25 million to produce the film is laughing all the way to the bank.

Supplanting “The Help” at the box office was Steven Soderbergh’s thriller “Contagion“. The film starring Kate Winslet, Gwyneth Paltrow and Matt Damon took in a respectable $23 million in a relatively slow weekend. The other two offerings this week didn’t far as well as “Contagion”.

Warrior” starring Tom Hardy stalled at third place with a $5.6 million take. As low as that number is, it was lightyears ahead of “Bucky Larson: Born to be a Star“. The Adam Sandler-produced film didn’t even crack the Top 10 and earned a disappointing $1.5 million which is roughly $10,000 per screen. Ouch. Overall, this weekend’s box office was down 20 percent from last year when “Resident Evil: Afterlife” earned top honors. Check out this week’s Top 10 results below.

  • 1. Contagion: $23,135,000 (opening)
  • 2. The Help: $8,691,000 ($137,092,658 total)
  • 3. Warrior (2011): $5,607,000 (opening)
  • 4. The Debt: $4,904,650 ($22,001,606 total)
  • 5. Colombiana: $4,000,000 ($29,778,706 total)
  • 6. Rise of the Planet of the Apes: $3,875,000 ($167,835,831 total)
  • 7. Shark Night 3D: $3,533,000 ($14,797,179 total)
  • 8. Apollo 18: $2,913,000 ($15,000,954 total)
  • 9. Our Idiot Brother: $2,761,000 ($21,420,009 total)
  • 10. Spy Kids: All The Time in the World: $2,506,000 ($34,227,586 total)