On a box office weekend slowed by the opening of the NFL season and 9/11 memorial coverage, the germ thriller “Contagion” scored the top spot with a take of just over $23 million. Last week’s winner “The Help” came in second with $8.7 million. The most recent MMA film, “Warrior” rounded out the top three with a $5.6 million take.
Perhaps the biggest news on this lack-luster weekend was the performance of the Adam Sandler-produced film “Bucky Larson: Born to be a Star.” The R-rated comedy couldn’t even crack the top 10. The film’s three-day take was disappointing $1.5 million or just $1,000 per screen.
Overall box office numbers were not pretty. The weekend take for the top 12 films was down nearly 20 percent over last year when “Resident Evil: Afterlife” topped the charts.