Clapboard: Funny People Has Last Laugh

LOS ANGELES ~ The comedians of Funny People had the last laugh at the weekend, taking the top spot at the North American box office, final figures showed.

The film, which stars Adam Sandler as a terminally ill comedian who decides to mentor a young comic, earned US$22.6 million in its first week, according to box office tracker Exhibitor Relations.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince hung onto second place for a second consecutive week, grabbing $17.9 million.

The movie, which is the sixth instalment of the Harry Potter series and sets the stage for the young wizard’s final confrontation with his nemesis Lord Voldemort, has grossed $255.7 million in three weeks.

G-Force, an action comedy about a crack squad of guinea pig spies, fell from the number-one spot to number three, earning $17.5 million in its second week of release.

Falling one spot from last week was The Ugly Truth, a romantic comedy starring Katherine Heigl as an unlucky-in-love producer, which earned the number four spot with receipts of $13.2 million in its second week in theatres.

At the number-five spot was new release Aliens in the Attic, a family adventure tale about a group of children who discover aliens are trying to invade Earth, which earned $8 million.

Falling two places to number six was horror movie Orphan, which tells the story of a couple who adopt a Russian orphan girl only to discover she is not who she seems. The movie took $7.5 million in its second week.

At number seven was Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, an animated picture featuring the voices of Dennis Leary and Queen Latifah, which managed to stay strong into its fifth week, earning $5.5 million.

The Hangover, an adult comedy about the fallout from a Las Vegas bachelor party, hit the number eight spot, earning $5.2 million to take its eight-week earnings to $255.9 million.

At number nine was The Proposal, a romantic comedy starring Sandra Bullock as a pushy boss who marries her assistant for a US visa, which earned $4.9 million in its seventh week in theatres.

Rounding out the top ten was Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, which fell four spots from last week.

Director Michael Bay’s sequel to the first Transformers movie in 2007 earned $4.7 million to bring its six-week total receipts to a massive $388.1 million.

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