Contagion dominates US box office

Contagion dominates US box office

Steven Soderbergh thriller Contagion has topped the US box office over the weekend, early figures have shown.The film, which boasts an all-star cast including Matt Damon, Jude Law and Kate Winslet, brought in $23.1m (£14.5m) in its first three days of release, according to Warner Bros.The film tells the story of a race to contain a lethal virus that is threatening the whole planet.Racial drama The Help took the second spot with Warrior in third.The film, about two brothers who battle in a mixed martial arts tournament – and starring British actor Tom Hardy, pulled in $5.6m (£3.5m).The Help, a surprise hit about racial tensions during the US civil rights era, was last week’s number one film and earned $8.7m (£5.4m), taking its total this summer to more than $137m (£86.3m). – BBC