Let these funny people invite you in for the weekend box office charts….
|1||Funny People (2009)||$23.4M||$23.4M|
|2||Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)||$17.7M||$255M|
|4||The Ugly Truth (2009)||$13M||$54.5M|
|5||Aliens in the Attic (2009)||$7.8M||$7.8M|
|7||Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (2009)||$5.3M||$182M|
|8||The Hangover (2009)||$5.08M||$256M|
|9||The Proposal (2009)||$4.85M||$149M|
|10||Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)||$4.6M||$388M|
Story from EW’s Hollywood Insider…
It was a glass half-full, glass half-empty kind of weekend at the box office for Funny People, writer-director Judd Apatow’s comedic meditation on fame, humor, life, and death. According to figures from Hollywood.com Box Office, it opened at the top spot with an estimated $23.4 million, better than Apatow’s The 40 Year-Old Virgin ($21.4 million) — hence, the glass is half full. But that figure is far lower than the debut for Apatow’s Knocked Up ($30.7 million), and it’s the worst opening for a comedy for star Adam Sander since his 2000 turkey Little Nicky — hence, the glass is half empty. Of course, Funny People was billed more as a thoughtful dramedy than a balls-out Sandler laugh-fest, and when matched against the opening frames for Sandler’s serious efforts Reign Over Me, Spanglish, and Punch-Drunk Love, Funny People is far and away the winner — and the glass is half full again. But whether it’s a comedy, drama, or dramedy, Funny People’s $75 million budget is quite the handful of pretty pennies, and with a shaky “B-” Cinemascore, the film is going to have a hard time overcoming tepid word-of-mouth — and we’re back to the half-empty glass. So let’s just move on, shall we?The cup of a certain adolescent wizard, meanwhile, definitely runneth over. Thanks to its debut on IMAX (and the premium ticket prices that come with it), Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince came in second with $17.7 million, a soft 40% drop from last weekend for $255.5 million total. At this rate, the film is well on its way to the upper ranks of the Potter franchise. The guinea pigs of G-Force were right on its heels at third place, nibbling up $17.1 million, a decent 46% drop for a two-week cume of $66.5 million. And Katherine Heigl’s romcom The Ugly Truth took in an additional $13 million, a 53% drop for fourth place and $54.5 million total.
Of the two other wide releases this weekend, at least the sci-fi family comedy Aliens in the Attic — which grossed a meager $7.8 million for fifth place — broke into the top 10. The torture porn flick The Collector collected a grisly $3.6 million and plopped dead at 11th place
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