After just one week at the top of the box office, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince was knocked out of first place by a surprising competitor: the 3-D animated kids film G-Force. Hollywood insiders didn’t expect much out of G-Force, which stars the voice talents of Nicolas Cage, Bill Nighy, and Penelope Cruz, nor did critics give it much of a chance (it has just a 20% “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes. But audiences shelled out $32.2 million over the weekend to see the Mission Impossible-styled flick.
Potter earned another $30 million, while the Katherine Heigl-Gerard Butler romantic comedy The Ugly Truth had a solid debut with $27 million in its first weekend of wide release.
The only other new release to crack the list was the horror film Orphan, which generated $12.8 million in revenue.
Here’s the complete Top 10 at the box office for the weekend ending July 26, 2009:
- G-Force, $32.2 million
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, $30 million
- The Ugly Truth, $27 million
- Orphan, $12.8 million
- Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, $8.2 million
- Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, $8 million
- The Hangover, $6.46 million
- The Proposal, $6.42 million
- Public Enemies, $4.17 million
- Bruno, $2.72 million