NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Dreamworks Pictures'The Help emerged as the No. 1 movie in the U.S. over the weekend, taking in an estimated $20.5 million, according to studio estimates published by BoxOffice.com.
The drama about Southern black maids, which was distributed by
, debuted last weekend, when it was second to
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
was down only 21% from its opening weekend, a much smaller drop than the norm,
The Associated Press
"It is a rare feat to see a film not open at No. 1 and then become No. 1," said Dave Hollis, head of distribution for Disney, according to the
. "To me, it's a testament of it being a great film, as well as the viral nature of the word of mouth about it."
prequel, distributed by
20th Century Fox
, fell to the No. 2 spot this weekend with $16.3 million, according to estimates from
. It had been the No. 1 movie the previous two weekends.
The Weinstein Co.'s
Spy Kids: All the Time in the World
came in No. 3 with $12.0 million on its opening weekend, according to
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