'Moneyball' vs. 'The Help': How They Stack up

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As the movies face off at the multiplex, a look at how the books benefit.

Moneyball by Michael Lewis (2004)

  • Estimated paperback sales: 641,000
  • Weeks on The New York Times paperback best-seller list: 21
  • Opening weekend: $19.5 million
  • The movie bump: The movie tie-in paperback has sold 24,000 copies since Aug. 22 but likely won't catch Lewis' The Blind Side, whose tie-in sold more than 1 million. Next up for the author is Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World (Oct. 3), followed by another (secret) sports book.

The Help by Kathryn Stockett (2009)

  • Estimated paperback sales: 3,776,000
  • Weeks on The New York Times paperback best-seller list: 24
  • Opening weekend: $26 million
  • The movie bump: It's the only book to sell more than 1 million hardcovers in both 2010 and 2011, and the movie tie-in version has sold 976,000 copies this summer.Stockett is working on a second novel -- also set in Mississippi, but this time during the Great Depression.
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