Box office Report: 'G-Force' beats 'Ugly Truth' and 'Potter' with $32.2 million

g-force_lNeither the magic of Harry Potter nor the combined star power of Katherine Heigl and Gerard Butler was enough to keep a crew of wise-cracking guinea pigs from scurrying to the top of the box office this weekend. Disney’s family comedy G-Force, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and featuring the voices of Nicolas Cage, Will Arnett, and Penelope Cruz as a team of world-saving rodents, made an estimated $32.2 million in its debut. Despite opening hot on the heels of the one-week old Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, the animation/live action hybrid pic was a hit with young audiences, pulling 55 percent of its viewers from the under-18 crowd.

But Potter’s box office magic hasn’t worn off just yet: The series’ sixth installment landed in the number two spot its second weekend with $30 million, bringing its total to $221.8 million. After just 12 days in theaters, Half-Blood is already the fifth biggest hit of the year domestically, not to mention overseas, where the powerhouse has raked in an additional $236 million.

There was plenty for adults to enjoy at the box office, too. The Ugly Truth, a raunchy R-rated rom-com that pits Katherine Heigl and Gerard Butler in a battle of the sexes, scored an impressive $27 million bow, a career best for both Heigl and director Robert Luketic (Legally Blonde).

The weekend’s other wide release, Warner Bros’ creepy Orphan — starring Peter Sarsgaard and Vera Farmiga — pulled in $12.8 million from an audience that was 55 percent female.

Lower down on the chart, Fox Searchlight’s (500) Days of Summer (at number 11 with $3 million) is still building momentum. The quirky rom-com posted a hefty $19,176 per-site average and a 95 percent increase over its debut last weekend.

More box office news:
‘G-Force’ wins Friday box office with $11.5 million

Box office preview: ‘Harry Potter’ likely to hold off newcomers

Harry Potter’s ‘Half-Blood Prince’ becomes box office king

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  • Adam

    Wow…Potter toppled after 1 week. Colour me shocked!

    Also shocked Ugly Truth didn’t bomb

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  • Fred

    Guina pigs beat Harry Potter at the box office…..LMAO!

  • Mike

    Not actually a career best for Heigl, since Knocked Up opened with 30 mil . . .

  • dan

    they already have the movie uploaded to jjpeg.com/watch282.html if you wanna see it

  • Jetouellet

    I am literally apalled that a movie like G-Force made that much money. Parents should be ashamed of themselves for taking their kids to see this crap.

  • John

    Mike – I believe he means “career best” for Heigl in the lead role, Knocked Up wasn’t her film (well…she was the leading lady). Ugh…I dunno how to explain it.

  • Andy

    What a weak summer for movies, seems like all that is out are stupid kids movies or romantic comedies. Boring.

  • TVDIVA

    Of course the guinea pigs won! Everyone loves mindless dribble like “poop in his hands, poop in his hands!”

  • Joshua

    Knocked Up made around 30 million in its opening weekend so this is not Heigl’s career best.

  • one more thing…

    If I remember right, Will Arnett is one of the actual people in G-Force not one of the voices. A small article to have had two easily verifiable things missed (the Heigl thing too). I guess all of the fact checkers for EW are at Comic-Con.

  • Dums

    It’s the end of the world as we know it!

  • RJ

    I was hoping Katherine Heigl the Professional Complainer would go away.

  • mdbchud

    UGH. Just because CGI allows you to do something does NOT mean it needs to happen. What an idea for a movie!

  • EC

    Looks like I wasn’t the only one disappointed in HP6….

  • EC

    good call Mike & Joshua – just checked, Knocked up made just under 30.7 Million it’s opening weekend.

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