Last laugh for Funny People

August 3rd, 2009 - 7:23 pm ICT by IBNS  

Aug 3 (IBNS) Funny People’s debut on the box-office has quiet a few splash. The Adam Sandler starrer and Judd Apatow-directed movie has already grossed $23.4 million Friday-Sunday. reported that at an average Sandler movies opening on at least 3,000 screens, but Funny People is the star’s lowest-ever opener. Among the movies released over the weekend it is the only movie to run more than two hours and carried a R rating. Funny People is also Sandler’s biggest opener since 2007’s Superbad.

Among Apatow-directed movies, Funny People sits between The 40-Year-Old Virgin ($21.4 million) and Knocked Up ($30.7 million). Funny People was made with a budget of $70-$75 million, more than twice as much as Knocked Up, and nearly three times as much as 40-Year-Old Virgin.

Both of the comedies earned their budgets back in their first weekends, but Funny People has left all of them behind and earned one-third of the budget in just three days.

Produced by Universal Pictures, Funny People is expected to earn its budget much before the first weekend. Universal Pictures have also signed in Apatow to direct three more movies.

After its second-weekend nosedive, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince ($17.7 million) stablized, held onto second and brought its overall total up to $255.5 million.

Here’s a look at the weekend’s top-grossing films:

Funny People, $23.4 million
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, $17.7 million
G-Force, $17.1 million
The Ugly Truth, $13 million
Aliens in the Attic, $7.8 million
Orphan, $7.3 million
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, $5.3 million
The Hangover, $5.1 million
The Proposal, $4.8 million
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, $4.6 million

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