Box Office Driveby: Rodents rule and Potter takes an impressive dip

Posted on 28 July 2009 by HansKlopek

Hans back with some info about this past weekend’s box office fare. For the first time in a good while, hungover Vegas dudes, 1930s bank robbers and shapeshifting robots were not as much to the public’s liking. Their vanquishers? Talking rodents.

gforce2The Hangover, Public Enemies, and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, which had previously ruled the summer box office, each dropped out of the top five this week to make room for some lighter product on the market. G-Force, the Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer produced blend of live action and computer animation, took in 32.2 million to claim the top spot at the North American box office. Second was Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, which took a very impressive dip from its sub $200 million opening five day total to only take in $30 million, giving it over a 60 percent dip.

The pretty fucking terrible looking Katherine Heigl-Gerard Butler romantic comedy The Ugly Truth took in $27 million to come in third followed by the creepy kid horror movie Orphan which took in $12.8 million. Rounding out the top five was Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs with an estimated $8.2 million.

The Hangover, Public Enemies and Transformers all occupied the lower tier of the top five this week, looking as if their summer box office run is coming to an abrupt close. Probably the most impressive drop was Sacha Baron Cohen’s offensive comedy Bruno, which opened at number one in its July 10 release but sat at the bottom of the top 10 this week, having pulled in just $2 million. Hopefully a harbinger of things to come for Mr. Cohen in my book.                           

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