According to film industry experts, Hurricane Irene helped the box office lose as much as $25 million with as many as 1000 theaters closing at least for one or more days over the weekend.

Hurrican Irene certainly didn’t help any of the new films debuting including the Katey Holmes starrer ‘Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark’. “Presented” by director Guillermo del Toro (‘Hellboy’), the remake of the 1973 film placed at number 2 and took in only $8.6 million domestically.

‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ continued to do well even with Hurricane Irene. The film took in an additional $8.65 million to place 4th. ‘Rise’ has now grossed $305 million worldwide in just 4 weeks.

The 4th film in the ‘Spy Kids’ franchise,’Spy Kids: All the Time in the World’, took in an additional $5.7 million adding to its $25.8 million worldwide box office.

The ‘Conan the Barbarian’ reboot continued to fall on its sword. The $90 million budgeted film took in $3.1 million domestically for the weekend. It has now taken in just $22 million worldwide in its first 2 weeks.

Similar to ‘Conan’, the ‘Fright Night (2011) reboot has underperformed. But because ‘Fright Night’ only cost $30 million to produce and has already grossed $14.2 million domestically, the film could make a profit when it goes out internationally.

Alternate Earth sci-fi film ‘Another Earth’ took in an additional $92k. The well-reviewed indie has now grossed an impressive $1.1 million domestically. Meanwhile, sci-fi comedy film ‘Attack The Block’ took in another $60k. Another well-reviewed indie, this film should be getting more attention from sci-fi audiences. It’s current worldwide box office is $4.99 million.

1. ‘The Help’    $14.3 million
2. ‘Colombiana’    $10.3 million
3. ‘Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark’ $8.68 million
4. ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ $8.65 million
5. ‘Our Idiot Brother’   $6.5 million
6. ‘Spy Kids: All the Time in the World’$5.7 million
7. ‘The Smurfs’    $4.8 million
8. ‘Conan the Barbarian (2011)’  $3.1 million
9. ‘Fright Night (2011)’  $3.0 million
10. ‘Crazy, Stupid, Love  $2.9 million