Monday, July 27, 2009

Animated film 'G-Force' hits box office top spot

Updated on : Monday, July 27, 2009
LOS ANGELES: The magicians of Hogwarts proved no match for the crack squad of secret agent guinea pigs of "G-Force" at the North American box office this weekend, according to preliminary figures on Sunday.

The action-comedy "G-Force," featuring the voices of Penelope Cruz and Nicolas Cage as secret agent guinea pigs on a mission to save the world, snatched the top spot from "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," earning 32.2 million dollars in its first week, according to box office tracker Exhibitor Relations.

The sixth instalment of the "Harry Potter" series, which sets the scene for the looming final battle between Harry and his nemesis Lord Voldemort in the concluding films, dropped down from first to second place, taking 30 million dollars in receipts.

In third place was new release "The Ugly Truth," featuring Katherine Heigl as a romantically-challenged producer seeking love, which earned 27 million dollars.

Horror movie "Orphan" took fourth place at the box office. The film, which tells the story of a couple who discover the Russian orphan they have adopted is not who she seems, took 12.8 million dollars in its first week in theaters.

Down three places to number five was "Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs," a lighthearted animated movie featuring the voices of Queen Latifah and Dennis Leary, which earned 8.2 million dollars in its fourth week of release.

At number six was "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen," Michael Bay's sequel to the first Transformers movie in 2007, which earned eight million dollars in its fifth week, for a total of 379 million dollars.

"The Hangover," a raucous comedy about the fallout from a Las Vegas bachelor party, took box office seventh spot, earning 6.5 million dollars for a seven-week total of 247 million.

Down three places at number eight was "The Proposal," a romantic comedy starring Sandra Bullock as a pushy boss who marries her assistant to get a US visa, which earned 6.4 million dollars.

"Public Enemies," starring Johnny Depp as notorious US gangster John Dillinger, slipped two spots to ninth place, pulling in 4.2 million dollars in its fourth week in theaters.

Rounding out the top 10 was "Bruno," a raunchy adult comedy starring Sasha Baron Cohen as a gay Austrian fashionista.

The controversial "mockumentary" fell six places in its third week in theaters, earning 2.7 million dollars.

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