Box Office

August 07, 2009

Funny People

** 1/2

$22.6

million

$22.6 million

1 week

Rated: R

Running time: 146 minutes

What it's about: Adam Sandler (above) plays a comic much like himself who contracts leukemia and confronts the emptiness of his life.

Our take: It has a smattering of hearty laughs and a never-better Sandler, but it's as weepy and interminable as "Terms of Endearment."

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

*** 1/2

$17.9

million

$ 255.6 million

3.5 weeks

Rated: PG

Running time: 153 minutes

What it's about: Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe, above) must persuade an eccentric potions professor to reveal one source of Voldemort's power.

Our take: As Harry enters the thick of adolescence, the filmmakers reward him with a movie that bubbles and pops with humor and feeling.

G-Force

**

$17.5

million

$66.9 million

2 weeks

Rated: PG

Running time: 89 minutes

What it's about: A group of guinea pigs (including Tracy Morgan's Blaster, above) are transformed into superspies.

Our take: Loud and crass, this PG animated action picture has the vibe of a typical R-rated Jerry Bruckheimer headbanger.

The Ugly Truth

* 1/2

$13.1

million

$54.6 million

2 weeks

Rated: R

Running time: 97 minutes

What it's about: Katherine Heigl (above) stars in a battle-of-the-sexes romantic comedy in which extreme opposites eventually attract.

Our take: The film deals in extremes that are often offensive, occasionally funny but mostly just tired.

Aliens in the Attic

**

$13.1

million

$54.6 million

1 week

Rated: PG

Running time : 86 minutes

What it's about: A group of kids band together to save their vacation home from alien invaders.

Our take: Not good, but not horrible. It has a few positive messages and a few laughs.

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