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‘The Help’ Remains Hollywood’s Top Draw With 14.3M

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Actress Aunjanue Ellis attends the premiere of DreamWorks Pictures' 'The Help' held at The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Samuel Goldwyn Theater on August 9, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California. (credit: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

Actress Aunjanue Ellis attends the premiere of DreamWorks Pictures’ ‘The Help’ held at The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Samuel Goldwyn Theater on August 9, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California. (credit: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — “The Help” remains Hollywood’s top draw with $14.3 million on a slow late-summer weekend whose business has come in even more sluggish as many East Coast theaters closed to ride out the storm there.

Irene was downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm Sunday, but the weekend already was a lost cause for many theaters in its path.

Late August often is a dumping ground for movies with slim commercial prospects, and Irene cut even further into receipts for the weekend’s three new wide releases.

Zoe Saldana’s action tale “Colombiana” opened in second-place with $10.3 million. Guy Pearce and Katie Holmes’ horror story “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark” debuted in third with $8.7 million. Paul Rudd’s comedy “Our Idiot Brother” premiered at No. 5 with $6.6 million.

(© Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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