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Weekend Box Office

Despite three new films opening in wide release this weekend, the American box office slumped to its lowest point of the summer so far. The latest Judd Apatow R-rated comedy, Funny People, opened at No. 1 with a modest $23.4 million—far below Apatow’s last directorial effort, Knocked Up, which opened with $30.7 million—giving it the lowest take for a No. 1 film all summer. Another new release, the family-friendly Aliens In The Attic, made a minor impact at No. 5 with $7.8 million, while the horror flick The Collector didn’t even crack the top 10 in its debut weekend.

Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince ­held at No. 2 in its third week with $17.7 million, bolstered by an additional 68 IMAX theaters screening the film. Last week’s champ, the CGI kiddie flick G-Force, dropped two spots to No. 3 with $17.06 million, while romantic comedy The Ugly Truth suffered the largest drop in the top 10, falling 53 percent to No. 4 with $13 million. Orphan fell to No. 6 with $7.25 million, while Ice Age: Dawn Of The Dinosaurs held up reasonably well in a market saturated with family-friendly films, landing at No. 7 with $5.3 million in its fifth week.

The Hangover continues its nine-week run in the top 10 at No. 8 with $5.08 million, ahead of the similarly robust The Proposal at No. 9 with $4.85 million in its seventh week. Rounding things out it the summer’s biggest blockbuster, Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen, at No. 10 with $4.6 million, bringing the sequel’s overall take to roughly $388 million in six weeks.

More detailed numbers can be found at boxofficemojo.com.

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