“The Help,” starring Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer, has crossed the $100 million threshold in box office grosses in less than three weeks in release, marking a notable victory for DreamWorks and Participant Media.
The Tate Taylor-directed movie hit the milestone Tuesday night, and has now earned $100.8 million domestically, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
“We never imagined this film, which began its journey inspired by the enthusiasm of a small group of Mississippi friends, would ever even get made. Now to have it seen and embraced by so many people is just beyond our wildest dreams,” Taylor said in a statement.
Tuesday’s box office milestone is also an achievement for Kathryn Stockett, who wrote the novel that spawned the film. Her story about white southern women and their black maids was adapted and directed by Tate Taylor. His film has stayed at No. 1 for the past two weekends after opening Aug. 10.
In the bonus audio below, Stockett and Taylor – childhood friends from Jackson, Mississippi – talk about the tradition of black maids raising white children in the South. Also, Stockett discusses her personal connection with Dmitri, the black woman who inspired her to write “The Help,” and both wonder why no one has ever bothered to tell the story of black maids from the perspective of black women.