Aliens in the Attic, hidden from critics and not really sold as any sort of event, unsurprisingly ended up with a middling $7.8 million -- a minor opening for a minor flick. The independently-distributed horror film The Collector, from some of the folks behind the Saw franchise, debuted in 11th place and $3.6 million; not great either, but probably above expectations, and perhaps an indication of how many ticket buyers are willing to see a horror movie, any horror movie, on a given weekend. (500) Days of Summer continues to do very well in limited release, with the highest per-screen average in the top 20. Next week, when the film expands to over 1000 screens, will be the real test.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince found its footing a bit in its third weekend after last week's big tumble; it won't wind up atop the franchise, but may make a run for second place. And I was glad to see Orphan hold up at least semi-respectably after a weak start. That's one summer movie that deserves better than it got.
The weekend's top 12 after the jump.
1 - Funny People (Universal) - $23.44 ($7,793) - $23.44
2 - Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Warner Bros.) - $17.70 ($4,029) - $255.46
3 - G-Force (Disney) - $17.06 ($4,614) - $66.46
4 - The Ugly Truth (Sony) - $13.00 ($4,551) - $54.48
5 - Aliens in the Attic (Fox) - $7.80 ($2,511) - $7.80
6 - Orphan (Warner Bros.) - $7.25 ($2,636) - $26.79
7 - Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (Fox) - $5.30 ($1,922) - $181.84
8 - The Hangover (Warner Bros.) - $5.08 ($2,453) - $255.78
9 - The Proposal (Disney) - $4.85 ($1,991) - $148.88
10 - Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (Paramount/Dreamworks) - $4.60 ($1,752) - $399.10
11 - The Collector (Freestyle) - $3.63 ($2,736) - $3.63
12 - (500) Days of Summer (Fox Searchlight) - $2.75 ($10,338) - $6.82
Next week: the much-maligned-but-belatedly-adored G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra, the Nora-Ephron-tastic Julie & Julia, and -- the movie I'm most eagerly awaiting -- A Perfect Getaway from the very talented David Twohy.