Hurricane Irene, which has now been downgraded to a tropical storm after 11 people have been confirmed dead, made it’s way onto the East Coast this weekend, shutting down Manhattan, and evacuating many other cities. Needless to say, this definitely affected the number of people who would be enjoying a “care free” night at the movie theatre this weekend and all of the numbers were significantly lower than the weekly average.

For it’s third week in a row, The Help has taken the top spot at the box office. This past weekend, the film brought in $14.3 million, bringing it’s total to almost $100 million now.

Three new films opened up in theatres for a wide release this weekend. The number two spot was taken by “Columbiana,” with an opening of $10.3 million. The film is about a woman who when she was young witnessed the murder of her parents, then grew up to be a stone-cold assassin – it looks really good actually!

In the number three spot this weekend was “Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark,” with a measly $8.6 million. The film stars Katie Holmes and it looks to be your typical, “let’s move into this ancient dark and spooky house and then later wonder why bad things are happening to us” kind of film. Tyrell and I finally just watched Insidious the other night and it scared the pants off of us! The other new film at the box office was “Our Idiot Brother,” starring Paul Rudd. Find out how it, and the other films did this weekend in the list below.

  • 1. The Help: $14,300,000 ($96,597,305 total)
  • 2. Columbiana: $10,300,000 (opening)
  • 3. Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark: $8,689,317 (opening)
  • 4. Our Idiot Brother: $6,588,000 (opening)
  • 5. Spy Kids: All The Time In The World: $5,727,000 ($21,710,049)
  • 6. Smurfs: $4,800,000 ($125,993,468 total)
  • 7. Conan the Barbarian: $3,100,000 ($16,575,575 total)
  • 8. Crazy, Stupid, Love: $2,905,000 ($69,529,324 total)
  • 9. 30 Minutes or Less: $2,600,000 ($31,702,273 total)
  • 10. Final Destination 5: $2,465,000 ($37,824,945 total)
  • 11. One Day: $2,382,399 ($9,655,861 total)
  • 12. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II: $2,355,000 ($370,595,692 total)