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Monday July 23, 2007 9:43 pm

Box Office Breakdown:  Chuck and Larry Outmuscle Harry

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Lord Voldemort should be kicking himself.  Wizardry, schmizardry.  All he needed was a bag of outdated gay jokes to bring young Harry down.

Wedding planners everywhere had expected 7/7/07 to be the biggest wedding day of the year, but it was 7/20/07 that proved to be eventful for comedians Adam Sandler and Kevin James.  Their domestic partnership brought in enough guests to outdo Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, though they only gained $2 million more than the Potter juggernaut.  Fan support for Sandler movies has always been strong—which is why I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry is his ninth movie to open at #1.

Bolstered by endless promotion and a whole hour of Oprah devotion, Hairspray did well with a respectful third place finish.  I expect favorable word of mouth will keep this family-friendly musical in the Top Ten for some time.  Now I’m off to watch that High School Musical thing.  Word has it that Zac Efron kid is quite popular with the ladies…

1. I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry, Universal, $34,233,750
2. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Warner Bros, $32,511,350
3. Hairspray, New Line, $27,476,745
4. Transformers, Paramount, $20,514,497
5. Ratatouille, Disney, $10,899,179
6. Live Free or Die Hard, Fox, $7,101,638
7. License to Wed, Warner Bros., $3,577,230
8. 1408, MGM, $2,621,194
9. Evan Almighty, Universal, $2,552,890
10. Knocked Up, Universal, $2,292,64

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