September 1st, 2011
05:43 PM ET
Book club moms have been jumping into their minivans and heading to the theaters in droves!
The big screen version of Kathryn Stockett’s best-selling novel “The Help” has surpassed the $100 million mark at the domestic box office, DreamWorks Pictures announced Wednesday.
“We never imagined this film, which began its journey inspired by the enthusiasm of a small group of Mississippi friends, would ever even get made,” says director Tate Taylor. “Now to have it seen and embraced by so many people is just beyond our wildest dreams.”
“The Help,” if you haven’t heard, centers on the fraught relationships between Southern white women and their black maids in the 1960s. The movie stars Emma Stone, Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer.
Despite some controversy over a white writer and director telling the stories of black women, the drama has become a blockbuster hit.
It's gotten the approval of many African-American organizations and leaders, including the chairwoman of the NAACP, according to the Los Angeles Times.
"The Help," which opened on August 10, has stayed at No. 1 for the past two weekends.
About this blog
Our daily cheat-sheet for breaking celebrity news, Hollywood buzz and your pop-culture obsessions.