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'The Help' Beats Apes, Spies And Conan At The Box Office

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Aug. 21 2011, Updated 12:45 p.m. ET

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By Radar Staff

The Help is the little engine that could at the box office. With Emma Stone, Viola Davis and Bryce Dallas Howard starring, The Help powered its way to a first place finish, pulling in $20.5 million in its second week in release.

It ran past three much bigger, more expensive action pictures, Rise of the Planet of the Apes ($16.3 million), Spy Kids 4D ($12 million) and Conan the Barbarian ($10.5 million).

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