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Box Office Review: 'The Help' Pulls Ahead of 'Apes' and 'Spy Kids 4'

Box office estimates for the weekend of August 19 - 21 Rank. Movie Title – Weekend Gross | Theaters | Total Gross | Week # … [The Scorecard Review final score]

1. The Help - $20,479,000 I 2,690 I $71,801,000 I 2 ... [TSR 8/10] 2. Rise of the Planet of the Apes - $16,300,000 I 3,471 I $133,764,000 I 3 ... [TSR 6/10] 3. Spy Kids: All the Time in the World - $12,020,000 I 3,295 I $12,020,000 I 1 ... [TSR 6/10] 4. Conan the Barbarian (2011) - $10,000,000 I 3,015 I $10,000,000 I 1 ... [TSR 4/10] 5. The Smurfs - $8,000,000 I 3,057 I $117,745,000 I 4 ... [TSR 4/10] Source: www.boxofficemojo.com

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This weekend saw a slew of movies introduced to the Box Office Challenge game. Even with three new wide releases, it was a rough weekend at the movies.

In a rare move, The Help managed to overcome its first weekend slump and pull itself from second place to first in its second weekend.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes dropped from first to second, but with over $100 million in its pockets, it's hard to feel sorry for James Franco and his simian co-stars.

Spy Kids 4 was the victor when it came to new releases this past weekend, pulling in at third place. It's not exactly a photo finish, but considering Fright Night didn't even break the top five, I'm sure Spy Kids 4 is happy to make the cut at all.

Conan the Barbarian rang in it debut weekend with a fourth place spot. Honestly, I was a little surprised this made the top five, but it seems the people's money has spoken, giving Conan an underwhelming opening and a fourth place finish.

Finally, The Smurfs continues to reap the benefits of being just about the only kid's movie out this weekend. While it wasn't enough to put it any higher, its fifth place finish represents the fourth consecutive weekend its ended up on the top five.

Calhoun Kersten vs. Aaron Ruffcorn

Each weekend Kersten and Ruffcorn go head to head in the Box Office Challenge, trying to pick the correct Number One film in America and how much money it will make.

This weekend ... No one Wins!

Season record: 7-8

Thoughts by TSR: In what is becoming an all too common occurence, neither of our TSR writers were able to pin down the number one movie.

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