Judd Apatow’s Funny People (read our review) starring Adam Sandler and Seth Rogen pulled in an estimated $8.6 million on its opening day, easy enough for a win over the other newcomers and Disney’s persistent guinea pigs.
In comparison, Apatow’s Knocked Up brought in $9.8 million its opening day while The 40-Year Old Virgin wrangled $7.1 million. Those films earned $30.7 and $21.4 million their opening weekends, respectively, and Funny People is expected to land somewhere in the middle.
Fox counter-programmed Funny People with the kid friendly Aliens in the Attic but it failed to connect with audiences. Playing at a hair over 3100 screens brought in only $2.8 million in box office receipts, good enough for the fifth spot on Friday.
The kid crown still belongs to Disney’s G-Force which scored another $2.8 million, enough for second place and over $55 million cumulatively.
Freestyle’s gory The Collector, playing on a scant 1300 screens, brought in $1.325 million its opening day.
Elsewhere in the Friday box office results, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince brought in another $5.4 million good enough for third place and a grand total of $243 million. Fourth place went to The Ugly Truth with $4.45 million and just under $46 million overall.