Box Office Results: G.I. Joe blasts away to #1

Studio Estimates (August 7-9):

1.  G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra – $56.2 million
2.  Julie & Julia – $20.1 million
3.  G-Force – $9.8 million
4.  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince – $8.9 million
5.  Funny People – $7.9 million

7.  A Perfect Getaway – $5.8 million

Despite negative reviews, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra opened with a whopping $56.2 million this weekend.  Meryl Streep’s Julie & Julia was runner-up in the box office with an impressive $20.1 million.  The family films, G-Force and Harry Potter, continued to excel this summer and rounding out the Top 5 was Judd Apatow’s Funny People.

As for our predictions, kudos to Sheehan for nailing G.I. Joe’s gross on the dot at $56 million.  Because of that, he managed to outguess my and Phil’s predictions, even though my gross estimates were more accurate.

Check back on Friday for our new predictions when a slew of films hit the theaters:  The teen-band comedy, Bandslam starring Vanessa Hudgens in a non-High School Musical role; the R-rated comedy The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard starring Jeremy Piven; the fantasty/romance flick based on the best selling novel of the same title, The Time Traveler’s Wife starring Rachel McAdams and Eric Bana; and the highly anticipated sci-fi thriller, District 9.  It’s going to be a good weekend.

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