‘The Help’ put in overtime at No. 1 at the box office

The Help has stayed on the job over Labour Day, finishing as the No. 1 film for the third-straight weekend.

LOS ANGELES — The Help has stayed on the job over Labour Day, finishing as the No. 1 film for the third-straight weekend.

According to studio estimates Monday, the acclaimed drama about Southern black maids took in $19 million over the long holiday weekend.

That raised the film’s domestic to $123.4 million.

The Help has been a triumph amid a rush of late-summer duds to end Hollywood’s busiest season.

Best among the newcomers was Helen Mirren’s Holocaust-revenge thriller The Debt at No. 2 with $12.6 million from Friday to Monday.

The sci-fi horror tale Apollo 18 opened at No. 3 with $10.7 million. Another fright flick, Shark Night 3D, debuted at No. 4 with $10.3 million.

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Monday at U.S. and Canadian theatres:

1. The Help, $19 million.

2. The Debt, $12.6 million.

3. Apollo 18, $10.7 million.

4. Shark Night 3D, $10.3 million.

5. Rise of the Planet of the Apes, $10.25 million.

6. Colombiana, $9.4 million.

7. Our Idiot Brother, $7 million.

8. Spy Kids: All the Time in the World, $6.6 million.

9. Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, $6.1 million.

10. The Smurfs, $5.6 million.