Saturday, September 10, 2011

Contagion Box-Office Result: The Help Moves to Second Spot as Contagion Takes the Lead

Contagion, a new global thriller helmed by Academy Award winner Steven Soderbergh, tops this weekend domestic box-office gross with around $25 million and firing Disney's "The Help", which is now on its 5th week, from its three-week stint at No. 1.

On third spot is Lionsgate's "Warrior" which is likely to close at $10 million in weekend box-office gross.

"The Debt" from Focus Features comes in fourth place with around $7 million. Followed by the Weinstein Co.'s space-age thriller "Apollo 18" in 5th place with around $6 million.

Contagion brings together a stellar international ensemble cast, including Academy Award� winner Marion Cotillard (�Inception�); Academy Award� winner Matt Damon (the �Bourne� films); Oscar� nominee Laurence Fishburne (�The Matrix�); Oscar� nominee Jude Law (�Sherlock Holmes�); Academy Award� winner Gwyneth Paltrow (�Iron Man�); and Academy Award� winner Kate Winslet (�Titanic�).

The movie follows the rapid progress of a lethal airborne virus that kills within days. As the fast-moving epidemic grows, the worldwide medical community races to find a cure and control the panic that spreads faster than the virus itself. At the same time, ordinary people struggle to survive in a society coming apart.

Directed by Steven Soderbergh from an original screenplay by Scott Z. Burns (�The Bourne Ultimatum�), �Contagion� also stars Bryan Cranston (AMC�s �Breaking Bad�) and Sanaa Lathan (�Alien Versus Predator�).

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