the help box office Box Office: 'The Help' is still on top, but Hurricane Irene keeps the numbers downFriday’s low box office numbers continued through the weekend of Aug. 26-28 thanks to Hurricane Irene keeping millions of people on the East Coast home instead of possibly out at the movies. The entire weekend gross was down roughly 26% from last weekend and almost 20% from the same weekend last year.

“The Help” retained its top spot with $14.3 million, according to studio estimates. Zoe Saldana’s “Columbiana” was second with a meager $10.3 million, followed by “Rise of the Plnaet of the Apes” with $9 million.

Katie Holmes-Guy Pearce horror flick “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark” dropped from third place after Friday night to fourth place with only $8.7 million. And the third new release “Our Idiot Brother” took in $6.6 million for fifth place.

We’ll post the full Top 10 when the numbers are available.

Posted by:Andrea Reiher

TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."