Clapboard: G-Force Guinea Pigs Scramble to Top

LOS ANGELES ~ Harry Potter proved no match for a crack squad of secret agent guinea pigs of G-Force at the North American box office at the weekend, final figures showed.

The action-comedy G-Force, featuring the voices of Penelope Cruz and Nicolas Cage as secret agent rodents on a mission to save the world, snatched top spot from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, earning US$31.7 million 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 to second place, taking $29.4 million.

In third place was new release The Ugly Truth, featuring Katherine Heigl as a romantically challenged producer seeking love, which earned $27.6 million.

Horror movie Orphan took fourth place. The film, which tells the story of a couple who discover the Russian orphan they have adopted is not who she seems, took $12.9 million in its first week in theatres.

Down three places to number five was Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, a light-hearted animated movie featuring the voices of Queen Latifah and Dennis Leary, which earned $8.4 million 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 $8.1 million in its fifth week, for a total of $279 million.

The Hangover, a raucous comedy about the fallout from a Las Vegas bachelor party, took box office seventh spot, earning $6.5 million 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 younger assistant to get a US visa, which earned $6.4 million.

Public Enemies, starring Johnny Depp as notorious US gangster John Dillinger, slipped two spots to ninth place, pulling in $4.3 million in its fourth week in theatres.

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

The controversial “mockumentary” plunged six places in its third week in theatres, earning $2.8 million.

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