Weekend Box Office: Get Your Flu Shots Now, Contagion is Spreading

The weekend following Labor Day is usually one of the slowest weekends of the year for the box office and this past weekend kept that tradition going. One stand-out, Contagion, easily infected the number one spot with an estimated $23.1 million in it’s opening weekend. Contagion, which stars Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Lawrence Fishburne, Jude Law and Gwyneth Paltrow tells the tale of a deadly, fast-spreading virus that quickly becomes a pandemic. Germaphobes, take plenty of hand sanitizer with you if you plan to see this one.

Guess what movie took second place? It’s The Help! This movie has now earned $137.1 million and has become the 14th highest grossing movie of the year. The Fighter, Fighting, The Wrestler Warrior premiered in third place with an estimated $5.6 million and the thriller, The Debt dropped off 51% from the previous weekend with an estimated $4.9 million. Columbiana took the fifth place spot with an estimated $4 million.

Two new movies that premiered this weekend set box office records unfortunately, they aren’t the type of records that anyone in Hollywood wants to aim for. Bucky Larson: Born to be a Star and Creature had two of the worst opening grosses ever. Bucky, which took in $1.45 million looked like a blockbuster compared to Creature’s $331,000, which was the fifth lowest-grossing opening ever for a nationwide release and averaged 6 people per showing. Yikes!

Here is the top 10 for the weekend of September 9 – 11, 2011:

1. Contagion (WB, $23,135,000)
2. The Help (BV, $8,691,000)
3. Warrior (LGF, $5,607,000)
4. The Debt (Focus, $4,905,000)
5. Colombiana (TriS, $4,000,000)
6. Rise of the Planet of the Apes (Fox, $3,875,000)
7. Shark Night 3D (Rela., $3,533,000)
8. Apollo 18 (Weinstein Co./Dim., $2,913,000)
9. Our Idiot Brother (Weinstein Co.,$2,761,000)
10. Spy Kids: All the Time in the World (Weinstein Co./Dim., $2,506,000)

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