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Funny People tops box office, Harry Potter holds on to #2 (Weekend Report)

It's a decent weekend for Judd Apatow, but Potter fans should be happier. Funny People, starring Adam Sandler as a comedian wrestling with death, managed to reach the top of the box office, but not by much. It made $23,439,565 through the weekend. It will be interesting to see if it trended up or down through the weekend. Final numbers are not out yet. (My review of Funny People is here.) If this follows the trend of the last two Apatow movies, or last three Sandler movies, it will break the $100 million mark, and possibly inch toward $200 million.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, lifted by Draco and the gang's debut on more than 160 IMAX theaters, retained its number two spot with $17,700,000 in receipts. (My HP6 review is here, an article about Harry's drinking problem can be found here, and here's one about Harry Potter fans vandalizing street signs.) G-Force and The Ugly Truth (review here) managed to stay in the top five. One big disappointment is Aliens in the Attic. The computer generated family film debuted at number five, with only $7.8 million.

The Collector debuted at number 11 with about $3.6 million in sales, which is pretty good considering it only debuted in 1,325 theaters. 500 Days of Summer and The Hurt Locker continue to expand their theater counts and rested at 12 and 14, respectively.

The top five are below.

Weekend Box Office for 7/31/2009
Funny People $23,439,565
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince $17,700,000
G-Force $17,058,000
Ugly Truth, The $13,000,000
Aliens in the Attic $7,800,000

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