I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry Takes #1 Spot at Box Office
Though close, it was Adam Sandler and Kevin James' Chuck and Larry that took the top spot at the box office with $34.8 million on close to 3,500 screens. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, now in its second weekend, came up just short with $32.2 million -- bringing its total domestic cume to $207.5 million. As predicted, the release of the final Potter installment, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, stole some of Phoenix's box office thunder. If you can believe it, people proved that they would sometimes rather be outside (or inside) reading instead of watching a movie.
Fellman said it was difficult to say how much the book hurt the box office.
"I can't put a number on it, whether it is 3% or 5%, but I know it affected things," Fellman said. "There is no question that when kids get the book, they lock themselves in their rooms until they finish, because they know on Monday, every kid is going to know who made it, and who didn't, and they want to know it first."
Warner Bros. isn't too worried, as the international moviegoers have helped bring Potter's worldwide box office to a whopping $558 million.
Hairspray, which also opened this weekend, earned a solid $27.8 million. Though in third, the film completely outpaced studio predictions that had the adaptation finishing the weekend somewhere near $20 million.