*It shouldn’t come as a surprise, but Hurricane Irene has turned what had looked like a pretty good weekend at the box office into a miserable one, with low estimates falling even lower, reports The Wrap:
The total weekend gross was down some 20 percent from the same weekend last year — and down 26 percent from last weekend.
With movie theaters in the mid-Atlantic and northeast shutting down, it’s not even clear how many locations were open.
Even without the storm, none of the three films that opened in wide release were expected to gross impressive sums, and DreamWorks’ “The Help” — in its third weekend — was the No. 1 movie at theaters with $14.33 million, according to studio estimates.
A mere $10.3 million was enough to make Sony Pictures “Colombiana,” a PG-13 action film starring Zoe Saldana, the second-biggest movie of the weekend.
In its fourth week in release, Fox’s “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” was in third place, grossing $9 million, according to rival studio estimates.
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