This week, “Contagion” took the No. 1 spot from “The Help” at the box office. “Contagion” raked in a whopping $23.1 million during its opening weekend.

Starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Matt Damon, “Contagion” is the uncomfortably realistic film that follows the progress of a rapid and highly lethal virus, had no problem slaying the box office.

The film earned a thumbs up from 82% of 137 critics on Rotten Tomatoes – a website that is owned by Flixster and dedicated specifically to movie news, reviews, and information – and 69% of 16,868 filmgoers liked it, giving it an average rating of 3.5/5.

“The Help,” which was released Aug. 10 and stars Emma Stone, has earned over $137.1 million so far, and will be on the list of the most profitable films of 2011.

“The Help” is a story about a journalist who builds a unlikely friendship between herself and two African-American maids in Mississippi during the 1960s, and begins a secret writing project that breaks the laws of society and puts them all in danger. “The Help” is sure to make you laugh, cry, and laugh some more.

The film earned a yes from 73% of 165 critics, and 93% of 32,363 moviegoers enjoyed it, giving it an average rating of 4.3 out 5.

The official movie trailers of both “Contagion” and “The Help” can be seen in the video players below, respectively.

Will “Contagion” and “The Help” top the box office again next week? We’ll see!