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Box Office Breakdown:  Competition Schooled By Hogwarts

Harry Potter

Apparently Daniel Radcliffe can bring in the audiences without having to strip…unless that’s what the female theatergoers were secretly hoping for.

Whatever the reason, a record number of voyeurs helped the Hogwarts clan whip up the biggest 5-day total for a non-holiday release.  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix’s $140 million beat out Shrek 2’s record set in 2004 ($128 million).  The film is now on track to be the largest Potter installment to date.

As for why the producers of Captivity chose to open amongst all the recent family-fare is beyond me.  And yes, I know that’s why they call it counter-programming.  Ironically, while I would have loved to watch Elisha Cuthbert’s character from 24 (the oh-so annoying Kim) be subjected to torture-porn, I really no desire to see her do anything these days.  Apparently I’m not alone….which is why the only other film widely-released this week opened in 12th place.  Now that’s torture.

1. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Warner Bros., $77,108,414
2. Transformers, Paramount, $37,027,901
3. Ratatouille, Disney, $18,012,196
4. Live Free or Die Hard, Fox, $11,279,135
5. License to Wed, Warner Bros., $7,311,297
6. 1408, MGM, $4,934,516
7. Evan Almighty, Universal, $4,895,055
8. Knocked Up, Universal, $3,676,500
9. Sicko, Lionsgate, $2,604,139
10. Ocean’s Thirteen, Warner Bros., $1,984,323

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