Steven Soderbergh‘s virus thriller Contagion has knocked The Help from the top of the North American box office chart, where it has sat for four weeks.
Contagion, starring no less than six Oscar nominees and winners, including Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law – pictured above – Laurence Fishburne and Marion Cotillard, took $23.1m (£14.5m) in its opening week.
The boxing drama Warrior – pictured below – starring Tom Hardy, has garnered excellent reviews and opened with $5.6m (£3.5m). The Help sat at second, bringing in $8.6m (£5.4m) seeing its overall total so far at over $135m (£85m).
Helen Mirren starring thriller, The Debt, and action flick, Colombiana, round off the Top Five.
Elsewhere in the charts, Bucky Larson: Born To Be A Star opened at 15th. Taking a paltry $1.5m (£0.9m), the comedy – written and produced by Adam Sandler – opened on over 1,500 screens. Its average attendance per show was under nine people.
Faring even worse was horror movie, Creature. Opening on a similar number of screens the film took in $331,000 (£209,000) which averages out to less than six people per show. It was the fifth worst opening in US Box Office history for a large scale release.
Contagion opens in the UK on October 21. Warrior is out September 23.
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