PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Attendance at Contagion was apparently contagious.
Director Steven Soderbergh’s new disaster thriller about a lethal virus (featuring Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, and Laurence Fishburne) finished first at the box office, earning an estimated $23-million in its weekend debut.READ MORE: Delaware Valley Elected Officials React To Texas School Shooting: 'These Victims Need More Than Thoughts & Prayers'
A distant second was the box-office leader of the last three weeks — the holdover hit, The Help, which took in another $9-million and has now passed the $137-million mark.
Third place went to Warrior, the debuting mixed martial arts drama with Tom Hardy and Nick Nolte. It earned just under $6-million.READ MORE: Phillies, Zach Eflin Avoid Arbitration With 1-Year Contract With 2023 Mutual Option
The Debt and Colombiana rounded out the top five.
Overall, it was a characteristically slow early-September weekend at the nation’s multiplexes.
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