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Box Office Review: It's Judd's World

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Despite facing a brutal marketing challenge, Funny People managed to top the box office this weekend. Though it was the lowest-performing champ of the summer, the Judd Apatow-helmed laugher brought in $23.4M to hold off a resilient Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince ($17.7M | $255.4M). The awful G-Force was a hair behind ($17M | $66.4M), followed by the awful The Ugly Truth ($13M | $54.4M) and the, uh, awful Aliens in the Attic ($7.8M). Orphan ($7.2M | $26.7M), Ice Age 3 ($5.3M | $181.8M), The Hangover ($5M | $255.7M), The Proposal ($4.8M | $148.8M) and Transformers 2 ($4.6M | $388.1M) rounded out the top 10.

Lame horror newcomer The Collector had a mediocre start ($3.6M), just holding off the lovely (500) Days of Summer ($2.7M | $6.8M). In a surprise, the limited release crowd was topped by the silly Adam ($16,575 per theater). The crown should have gone to the fantastic The Cove ($13,875) or the rigorous Thirst ($13,800). Lorna's Silence ($6,033) and Flame & Citron ($6,800) had decent starts but won't hang around for long. The hilarious In the Loop isn't playing in enough theaters to make a real dent at the box office but it's per-venue revenue was second only to (500) Days of Summer this week ($8,829 vs $10,338, respectively). See both!