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The Help stays top of US box office

The Help has remained at No. 1 in the US box office for the third weekend in a row.

The acclaimed drama about Southern black maids speaking out during the civil-rights movement took in 19 million dollars over the Labour Day weekend, according to studio estimates.

The film, starring Viola Davis, Emma Stone and Octavia Spencer, has taken in a domestic total of 123.4 million dollars.

The Help has been a triumph amid a rush of late-summer duds that ended Hollywood's busiest season. Another batch of new movies this weekend packed in modest to small crowds in US cinemas.

Best among the newcomers was the Holocaust-revenge thriller The Debt in second place with 12.6 million dollars from Friday to Monday. The Debt stars British actress Helen Mirren and features The Help co-star Jessica Chastain.

Sci-fi horror tale Apollo 18 opened third with 10.7 million dollars. Another fright flick, Shark Night 3D, debuted fourth with 10.3 million.

Internationally, the family smash The Smurfs continued to dominate, pulling in 23.3 million dollars to pad its international total to 295.8 million dollars and its worldwide haul to about 430 million dollars.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes ran second with 19.4 million dollars, lifting its overseas take to 186.5 million dollars and its worldwide total to about 350 million dollars.

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