“The Help” debuted at #2 (behind “Rise of the Planet of the Apes”) a month ago but has topped the box office each week since. With a $123.4 million domestic gross against its modest $25 million budget, “The Help” movie is a smash just like the novel. The last movie to hold onto the #1 spot for three consecutive weekends was filmmaker Christopher Nolan’s acclaimed mind bender “Inception.”
One of the ensemble castmembers from “The Help,” relative newcomer Jessica Chastain, turned up as part of the ensemble in the weekend’s #2 movie as well. “The Debt” is a remake of a 2007 Israeli film called “Ha-Hov” and features Chastain in flashbacks as a character played by Helen Mirren.