'Contagion' Goes Viral at Box Office

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Contagionscared enough people into theaters over the weekend to dethrone the reigning champion The Help from the top of box office charts.

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Contagion - starring Laurence Fishburne, Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law, Marion Cotillard and Kate Winslet - amassed $24 million in its debut over the weekend, surpassing The Help which took in $9.4 million.

Warrior premiered to the tune of $4.8 million, landing in third, while Nick Swardson's comedy Bucky Larson: Born to be a Star had a considerably disappointing opening, pulling in $1.2 million for the weekend.