This happens very rarely but the movie that opened at #2 last week took the top spot this week. That film was The Help… Which I reviewed here and loved . Not surprising at all to see that word of mouth is pretty strong for this film. It made about twenty million over the weekend and brought its total to about $70 million. Rise of the Planet of the Apes added to it’s total and landed in the second spot a little over $16 million. That movie is also riding on good word of mouth and is making serious bank… Don’t be surprised to see more Apes movies in the future.

The more surprising thing is that this weekend could be named “death to remakes” as both the Conan and Fright Night remakes failed to make a big splash in the box office. I blame this to two thing, remake backlash and horrible marketing. Conan remake made around $10 million while Fright Night struggled to get seven. An even bigger surprise is the Anne Hathaway romance film One Day landed in the ninth spot with only $5 million bucks. Now reviews have been horrible for the film so I guess it proves that movie reviewers still matter these days.

Over all this was considered the last weekend of the summer movies. Next week some interesting films open up but the summer movie season is frankly over. A lot of lessons have been learned but the most important one was that people love going to the movies. There were very few flops as most movies made decent cash and we had some major block busters on top of that. Here is the list…

1. The Help $20.5 million

2. Rise of the Planet of the Apes $16.3 million

3. Spy Kids 4… $12 million

4. Conan the Barbarian $10 million

5. The Smurfs $8 million

6. Fright Night $7.9 million

7. Final Destination 5 $7.7 million

8. 30 Minutes or Less $6.3 million

9. One Day $5.1 million

10. Crazy Stupid Love $4.9 million