Having a Funny Time at the Box Office


For another weekend in a particularly funny summer, a comedy tops the box office. Judd Appatow’s latest Funny People tops this time around, bringing in a modest, but impressive $23.44 million.

The higher than normal box office draw for comedies this summer is a wonderful phenomenon. They haven’t been exploding like the summer blockbusters, but there have been 7 weeks this summer where a comedy has finished number one at the Box Office. The Hangover continues to be the comedy of the summer increasing it’s total gross to over $250 million this week.

Also, my prediction was off and (500) Days of Summer has not yet broken the top 10. However, it continues to bring in a huge per theatre average.

Here are this weekend’s Box Office estimates from Box Office Mojo:

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1) Funny People (Opening – 3,008 theatres)
Weekend Gross: $23.44 million | Average: $7,793 | Overall Gross: $23.44 million

2) Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (3rd week – 4,393 theatres)
Weekend Gross: $17.7 million | Average: $4,029 | Overall Gross: $255.46 million

3) G-Force (2nd week – 3,697 theatres)
Weekend Gross: $17.06 million | Average: $4,614 | Overall Gross: $66.46 million

4) The Ugly Truth (2nd week – 2,882 theatres)
Weekend Gross: $13 million | Average: $4,511 | Overall Gross: $54.41 million

5) Aliens in the Attic (Opening – 3,106 theatres)
Weekend Gross: $7.8 million | Average: $2,511 | Overall Gross – $7.8 million

For the rest of the top 10, check out Box Office Mojo.

Look for G.I. Joe to conquer the funny next week.

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4 Responses to Having a Funny Time at the Box Office

  1. Joe Monday, August 3, 2009 at 1:15 am #


    I just don’t like Sandler movies that are half funny half serious like Click. This movie dragged on and on. Good review, though, you guys hit the nail on the head.

  2. Chris Monday, August 3, 2009 at 7:35 am #

    Click was an abomination. Not that I expected anything, but after viewing a rental of it a few years back…I wanted to die.

  3. Alex Carlson Monday, August 3, 2009 at 8:59 am #

    I’m glad I’m not the only one who thought that about ‘Click.’ I rated it worst of the year in 2007.

  4. Chris Monday, August 3, 2009 at 10:39 am #

    You were very wise to do so.

    If I were rating Funny People (which I saw on Friday), I’d give it a solid B. Not a B+ though.

    5 Thoughts:
    1) Sandler was very good, but I felt he was completely capable of the performance. His strongest scene was the paramount scene of the movie (hint: Cats). There is no need for Oscar-talk though. A Globe nom will be reward enough.
    2) Rogen was uneven. I’m a fan, for the most part, but I wasn’t as interested in his character as I expected. His stand-up was good, but too many people are overrating it.
    3) Leslie Mann’s role was written way too generic/stale. She did a fine job, but every move she made was entirely predictable and she wasn’t allowed to be anything outside a cliche.
    4) Eric Bana was humurous in a minor role. Jason Schwartzman and Yo Teach! were my favorite part of the movie. Word. Jonah Hill was Jonah Hill. I wonder if he’s a leading man or not, in a Rogen-esque way? Not sure. He’s a funny guy, but the trailer stole all of his best moments.
    5) It’s WAY too long. 147 minutes, give or take, is WAY to long for such a movie. They could’ve easily cut 45 minutes. Seriously.

    Why is Sandler always a sex symbol in recent films? I get the rich and confident thing, but do girls really want to b*ng him?

    If you’re looking for Knocked Up or 40-Year Old Virgin, this isn’t it. It’s different. Not in a bad way though, but still different.

    It’s Apatow’s third best film, but missed out on being truly special, like his first two efforts were.

    Oh yeah, I’d like to mention just how much Click SUCKED again.

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