The Help scored the top spot during a weekend that wound up as the movie box office's second-slowest of the year because of Hurricane Irene.
The drama starring Emma Stone managed to bring in $14.3 million, down from last weekend's $20.5 million, according to Box Office Mojo, which noted that only Super Bowl weekend was slower overall. The film's three-week gross totals $96.6 million.
Four new movies proved to be no match for The Help and Rise of the Planet of the Apes.
In its second weekend, The Help rose one spot to top the weekend box office with $20.5 million, Box Office Mojo reports. The drama, starring Emma Stone and Viola Davis, dropped only 21 percent and its cumulative total now stands at $71.8 million.
After two weeks at No. 1, Apes slipped to No. 2 with $16.3 million. The film has grossed $133.8 million so far.
Rise of the Planet of the Apes stays on top; The Help surprises
Spy Kids: All the Time in the World fared best among the newcomers, nabbing third place with $12 million, slightly ahead ...
Jason Momoa can't wait for fans to hear what Khal Drogo will say next, especially following last week's shocking Game of Thrones conclusion, in which he gave his brother-in-law Viserys a "golden crown" of molten death.
In Sunday's episode, "You Win or You Die" (airing 9/8c on HBO), an enraged Drogo delivers a lengthy speech after his wife Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) is threatened. It not only reveals his martial side, but also shows that the previously quiet leader of the nomadic Dothraki can string together more than a couple words.