Box office preview: 'Funny People' likely to top charts

Funny-People_lJudd Apatow has become a household name thanks to his past two outings: Knocked Up and The 40-Year Old Virgin. But where both comedies went on to become $100 million+ box office successes, his latest endeavor, Funny People, is much more of a wild card. The R-rated flick still features some of Apatow’s unique brand of comedy, but hidden within is the downer story of a sad clown battling a fatal disease. The upshot: Adam Sandler is the star. The film’s sure to open at No. 1. How it holds on will be anyone’s guess.

1. Funny People: $35 million

While Virgin bowed to $21 million with an unknown Steve Carrell at the center and Knocked Up pulled in $30 million with newcomer Seth Rogen, Funny People has giant movie star Adam Sandler leading the charge. But the comedy pro is leaving his PG comfort zone and the results when he does so are never certain. Prognosticators have this film opening all over the map. I’m going with $35 million. Sandler and Apatow could prove to be a very formidable combination, even with a close to 2 1/2 hour run time.

2. G-Force: $17 million

Those covert guinea pigs proved to be a box office hit this last weekend at the movies. While Fox’s Aliens in the Attic will take away some of its power in round two, the movie’s unlikely to fall more than 50% for the frame. Pretty impressive that animated guinea pigs will cross $50 million after less than ten days of release.

3. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: $15 million

Potter bows on IMAX theaters this frame, which will surely help cushion its drop in its third weekend. The movie has already grossed $221 million, more than its predecessor at the same time in its release pattern. If it maintains its momentum, Half-Blood Prince could hit $300 million by the end of its domestic run.

4. The Ugly Truth: $13.5

This Katherine Heigl-Gerard Butler update on the age-old conundrum of man/woman incompatibility surprised everyone last weekend with its opening take of $27.6 million. Turns out moviegoers like and want more romantic comedies, especially the R-rated ones. Expect a drop of around 50%, which would be quite a feat considering how critics hated the film.

5. Aliens in the Attic: $13 million

This PG-rated low-budget comedy originally titled They Came From Upstairs should open decently. From director John Schultz (The Honeymooners), the movie centers on a group of teenagers, including Ashley Tisdale, who must protect their vacation home from aliens residing in the attic. Kevin Nealon, Doris Roberts, and Tim Meadows co-star.

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  • Carl

    Apatow has already made the same movie over and over, as have his actors. Women as fantasy objects, gays as cheap punch lines, whiny, schlubby men as heroes.

  • crispy

    I don’t know. That movie has pretty bad buzz. I predict G-Force will have a surprise second week upset.

  • Bobby

    Yeah,Funny People can’t decide if it wants to be funny or serious,I’ll just wait for the DVD.

  • nunnya

    I just completed the Undeclared series. It was wonderful, but the episode featuring Adam Sandler was a dud.

  • Braulio

    $35M??? hahahaha that’s funny.

  • Matt2

    Funny People 25.9m
    G-Force 20.3m
    Ugly Truth 14.9m
    HP6 14.5m
    Aliens in The Attic 13.8m

  • Mac

    $35 million is way too optimistic! I do not know anyone who seems interested in this movie. Sandler in serious mode doesn’t attract crowds and Apatow isn’t a recognizable name for most people outside of the entertainment biz. I believe this movie will do mediocre business, around $20-$25 million. It just looks boring…

  • Jared

    I’m calling this week for the guinea pigs again; I’m thinking the unfunny people don’t break $23m.

  • Kyle

    I am going to go see Funny People on monday!! I cant Wait

  • Carl

    I agree, Mac, I’m not sure Apatow is much of a household name to anyone.

  • Fernando C.

    Mmm, I don’t think it’s gonna be such a big hit…I don’t know, I like Apatow, but I don’t think so… And “G-Force” is awful!

  • G I Joe- opens in five days

    All the new movies DOA according to early estimates:

    Funny People- 8m
    Aliens In The Attic- 3m
    The Collector- 1.3m

    Holdovers:

    G Force- 6m
    HP6- 5.5m (IMAX screens not helping much as repeat business just isn’t there)
    Transformers Revenge- about 2m

  • at

    when gi joe coming that the movie i want to see

  • andi

    SOO disappointed. I love Adam Sandler & Seth Rogan but the WORST movie i’ve seen in the last 10 yrs. It wasnt funny at ALL.. spent entire movie talking out their penis, and that wasnt even funny. The plot, – I just didnt get. Tried to take a serious plot about dieing and throw it in a bunch of stupid comedy. I cannot believe Adam Sandler put his name on this one.. dont waste your money

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