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The Help takes over at the top of U.S. box office

The movie, starring Bryce Dallas Howard, Viola Davis and Emma Stone, has made an impressive $20.5 million (£12.8 million) over the weekend (19-21Aug11) to take over the top spot from Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

The Help has now made over $70 million (£43.8 million) since its release earlier this month (Aug11).

The Planet of the Apes prequel comes in second place with a third-weekend take of $16.3 million (£10.2 million) and the rest of the top five features new movies, which garnered disappointing ticket sales.

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Spy Kids: All the Time in the World in 4D came in third with a lacklustre $12 million (£7.5 million), while remakes of Conan The Barbarian and Fright Night round out the top five.

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