Clapboard: G.I. Joe Blasts Competition

LOS ANGELES ~ G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, a movie adaptation of the popular toy franchise, stormed its way to the top of the weekend North American box office, final weekend figures showed.

G.I. Joe, which follows a group of elite operatives battling the mysterious Cobra organization, pulled in US$54.7 million over the weekend, according to box office tracker Exhibitor Relations.

In second place was Julie and Julia, a movie that tells the story of Julia Child, an American famed for cooking French cuisine, and Julie Powell, a woman who tries to cook a recipe a day from Child’s most famous cookbook for one year.

The new release, which stars Meryl Streep and Amy Adams, earned just over $20 million in box office receipts.

Staying at third place for a second week was G-Force, an action-comedy about a crack squad of guinea pig spies, which earned $9.8 million.

Down two places to number four in its fourth week in theatres was Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

The sixth instalment of the franchise, which sets the stage for the boy wizard’s final confrontation with his arch-nemesis Lord Voldemort, took $8.9 million in receipts.

Down from first place last week was Funny People, a comedy starring Adam Sandler as a terminally ill famous comedian who decides to mentor a young comic. It took fifth place with earnings of $7.9 million in its second weekend in theatres.

The Ugly Truth, a romantic comedy starring Katherine Heigl as a romantically challenged TV producer seeking love, was number six, earning $6.7 million.

At seventh place was new release A Perfect Getaway, a thriller about a serial killer on a Hawaiian island popular with honeymooners. It took in $5.9 million.

Aliens in the Attic, a family adventure tale about a group of children who discover aliens that are trying to invade Earth, fell to the number eight spot, earning $4 million over the weekend.

At number nine was (500) Days of Summer, an offbeat romantic movie that moved up three spots in its fourth week in theatres to make it into the top ten with earnings of $3.7 million a the weekend.

Rounding out the top ten was Orphan, a horror movie about a couple who discover the orphan girl they adopted is not who she seems, which took in $3.67 million in its third week in theatres.

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