Box office results: ‘The Help’ easily #1, ‘Conan the Barbarian’ biggest flop

The new releases need help.

We finally have the completely weekend totals at the weekend box office, and it is now abundantly clear who the substantial winners and loser were here.

When it comes to the former, it’s hard to look anywhere other than with “The Help.” The period piece managed to only fall 22% in its second weekend overall, and grossed over $20.5 million — enough for the #1 spot. This movie has now grossed a grand total of $71.3 million — nearly three times its production budget of $25 million.

“Rise of the Planet of the Apes” still has plenty to smile about as well. $16.8 million is a solid total for a third week in theaters, and this puts its domestic budget at over $133 million. If we didn’t already know a sequel was coming, we would be expecting one based solely on these figures.

Unfortunately, the week was anything but good for the other new movies hitting theaters this weekend:

-“Spy Kids: 4D All the Time in the World” fell in the low end of expectations with just $12 million — a fraction of what the third movie in the franchise did so many years ago.

-“Conan the Barbarian” was undoubtedly the biggest flop of the weekend. Thanks to competition along with a general lack of interest and high 3D prices, the 1980s adaptation only brought in $10 million. This hurts more considering the Jason Momoa-headlined film cost $70 million to make.

-Fright Night” barely grossed over $8 million, but it’s hardly on the same level of disaster. The movie only cost $20 million to make, and will not be a huge loss to the studio.

-Anne Hathaway’s “One Day” was swallowed by “The Help,” and only grossed just over $5 million.

Why do you think all of this weekend’s new releases were disappointments?

Photo: Disney / DreamWorks

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