Box Office: Talking Guinea Pigs Take Down Harry Potter

Never underestimate the power of cuddly live-action talking guinea pigs. Jerry Bruckheimer didn’t, and after his “G-Forced” opened at #1 over the weekend (according to studio estimates), I think we can safely say that the man is a genius. Okay, maybe not a genius, but he certainly knows what people want to see, and tiny, secret agent guinea pigs was it this time around. “G-Force” made its debut at the top of the box office with a $32 million haul, beating out the second weekend of “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” for the top honors, but only by a pair of whiskers — or $2 million. The sixth “Potter” movie brought in another $30 million, giving it a 2-week total of $222 million so far.

The week’s other new release, the Gerard Butler-Katherine Heigl romantic comedy “The Ugly Truth” scored a pretty handsome $27 million in its debut, while the horror movie “Orphan” shocked audiences to the tune of $12.7 million. Overall, it was a close race at the box office, with only $5 million separating the Top 3 films.

Despite dropping 61.5% in its second week of release, “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” continues to outpace “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix”, with another 166 IMAX screens being added to “Half-Blood’s” run, additional screens that “Phoenix” had from the beginning two years ago. Add its domestic gross to its overseas gross of $405 million, and “Half-Blood Prince” is a runaway success with $627 million in total overall gross. I guess someone taught the Potter kid how to conjure up moolah.

Here’s how the Top 10 looked at the box office over the weekend (via):

1 —–G-Force —–$32,152,000 —– $32,185,000
2 —–Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince —–$30,000,000 —–$221,834,000
3 —–The Ugly Truth —–$27,000,000 —–$27,000,000
4 —–Orphan —–$12,770,000 —– $12,770,000
5 —–Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs —–$8,200,000 —– $171,291,000
6 —–Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen —–$8,000,000—–$379,090,000
7 —–The Hangover —–$6,465,000 —– $247,077,000
8 —–The Proposal —–$6,423,000—– $140,086,000
9 —–Public Enemies —–$4,170,000 —– $88,096,000
10 —–Bruno —–$2,719,000 —– $56,516,000

Below: Funny caption? What funny caption? Look at him, he’s a taking guinea pig! Awwwwwwww.