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Arts and Entertainment

Box Office Review: Sandler still defying logic, taste

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I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry eked out a win this weekend, just besting Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. The moronic Sandler vehicle earned 34.7 million versus 32.1 million for the latest, infinitely superior Harry Potter installment (now at 207.5M). My guess is that the release of Deathly Hallows cost Order of the Phoenix a second consecutive weekend crown (I still can't believe that Voldermort turned out to be Harry's father!). The other new wide release, Hairspray, pulled in a decent 27.8 million. Travolta is back! Again.

Transformers edged closer to the elusive 300 million dollar mark, totalling 20.5 million for a new cume of 262.9 million. After that it was Ratatoille (11.0M, 165.6M), Live Free or Die Hard (7.3M, 116.4M), License to Wed (3.7M, 38.6M), 1408 (2.6M, 67.5M), Evan Almighty (2.4M, 93.4M) and--in its eighth week in the top 10--Knocked Up (2.3M, 142.7M). The week's two new indie releases had markedly different fates. Sunshine surprised to the upside with a $23,500 per screen average, while Goya's Ghosts was dead on arrival, averaging only $3,408.

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