the-help_movie_web.pngBURBANK, Calif. (BUSINESS WIRE/BLACK PR WIRE) — DreamWorks Pictures announced that The Help topped the $100 million mark at the domestic box office.

The film, which is directed and written for the screen by Tate Taylor, is based on the novel of the same name by Kathryn Stockett.

Ever since opening in the U.S. on Aug. 10, the film became a strong contender for the top spot on the domestic box office chart as it resonated with audiences around the country, sparking conversation and comments.

 “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,” Taylor said. “Now to have it seen and embraced by so many people is just beyond our wildest dreams.”

Dave Hollis, executive vice president for  Motion Picture Sales & Distribution at Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, said the success “is a testament to an amazing ensemble cast and a wonderfully told story that has played well to men and women, young and old, resonating in a cross-section of all theaters be they urban, upscale or heartland.”

“The viral power of word-of-mouth has us hopeful that we’ll continue to see The Help exposed to as broad an audience as possible in the coming months,” Hollis said.

The film stars Emma Stone as Skeeter, Academy Award- nominated Viola Davis as Aibileen and Octavia Spencer as Minny, three very different, extraordinary women in Mississippi during the 1960s, who build an unlikely friendship around a secret writing project that breaks societal rules and puts them all at risk.

Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer in The Help