Weekend Box Office: September 9-11, 2011

1. Contagion – $22,403,596

2. The Help – $8,926,142

3. Warrior $5,242,107

4. The Debt – $4,905,000

5. Colombiana – $3,947,582

6. Rise of the Planet of the Apes – $3,886,285

7. Shark Night 3D – $3,408,413

8. Apollo 18 – $2,851,349

9. Our Idiot Brother – $2,650,538

10. Spy Kids: All the Time in the Word – $5,501,432

It looks like people firmly chose Contagion this weekend as it led the bunch with $22.4 million. All the other newcomers this week really didn’t stand a chance, with The Help still tracking well in the number two spot.

Warrior only landed in number three with $5 million dollars. It didn’t even top The Fighter‘s $12.1 million opening or Fighting‘s $11 million. That’s kind of sad considering how good Warrior really was. I think its marketing department is to blame because the trailers made the film look like kind of a bore. I hope it sticks around for a while.

The Debt and Colombiana are holding fine for your usual fall action flicks. I was kind of disappointed with The Debt and I thought Colombiana sucked a big one, so I obviously wish something else would be in those spots, but whatever.

Apes is still hanging in there, which is impressive considering the onslaught of new releases coming out week after week. Shark Night 3D and Apollo 18 took big dips, which is normal for their genres.

I’m glad to see Our Idiot Brother still sticking around. Even though it’s dropping fast it still is making bank right now, given its $5 million dollar budget.

Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star opened very weak in the number fifteen spot with $1.4 million. I can see this film making a quick exit from most theaters by the time its two week engagement is up.

Indie horror film Creature, which went wide randomly didn’t even crack the top twenty. It only made $331,000 on 1,500 screens which is now the fifth lowest grossing opening for a nationwide release. OUCH!

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