In Not Really Unexpected News: Harry Spellbounds the Box Office

To no one’s surprised, “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix”, the fifth installment in the seven installment series, took an impressive $77.4 million in its debut to lead the weekend box office. Add $190.3 million in box office from 44 other countries, and Harry is looking pretty good, which means Warner Brothers are trying desperately to find a way to make sure part 7 isn’t the final “Harry Potter” installment. I’m thinking prequel. Last week’s reigning king, “Transformers”, pulled in $36 million in its second week, giving it a whopping total of $223 million in just two weeks of release. Elisha Cuthbert’s “Captivity”, meanwhile, performed abysmally in its first week, barely eeking out $1.55 million to land at 12th place.

Here’s how the U.S. box office broke down over the weekend:

1. “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix,” $77.4 million.

2. “Transformers,” $36 million.

3. “Ratatouille,” $18 million.

4. “Live Free or Die Hard,” $10.9 million.

5. “License to Wed,” $7.4 million.

6. “1408,” $5.01 million.

7. “Evan Almighty,” $5 million.

8. “Knocked Up,” $3.7 million.

9. “Sicko,” $2.65 million.

10. “Ocean’s Thirteen,” $1.9 million.