The Adam Sandler comedy “Funny People” debuted to the top spot at the box office this weekend, according to estimates from studio trackers Nielsen...

The Adam Sandler comedy “Funny People” debuted to the top spot at the box office this weekend, according to estimates from studio trackers Nielsen EDI. The film took in $23.4 million, well ahead of the second place “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”, which came in at $17.7 million. After three weeks in theaters, Harry Potter has accumulated a total of $255.5 million.

Directed by Judd Apatow (“The 40 Year-Old Virgin”), “Funny People” provides a look at the inner lives of, well, funny people. Reviewers are giving the film thumbs up for its fine acting by Sandler and co-star Seth Rogen, who plays a wannabe comedian who becomes the successful-but-lonely Sandler character’s sounding board after he finds out he has a nearly incurable cancer. This is not exactly funny fare, and other reviewers characterize the film as an essentially dramatic dark comedy with moments of great comedy provided by excellent actors.

“G-Force”, Jerry Bruckheimer computer-generated spoof of the spy genre, earned a close third with $17 million, scoring $66.5 million in its second week out. Meanwhile, the Sony’s “The Ugly Truth” reaped $14 million, bringing the Katherine Heigl romantic comedy about a morning talk show host’s search for love in at fourth place. The comedy “Aliens in the Attic” debuted to fifth place with $7.8 million.

Final figures are due Monday.

Box Office Grosses
Week Ending August 2, 2009

RankTitleWeekendTotal Gross
1Funny People (2009)$23.4M$23.4M
2Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)$17.7M$255M
3G-Force (2009)$17.1M$66.5M
4The Ugly Truth (2009)$13M$54.5M
5Aliens in the Attic (2009)$7.8M$7.8M
6Orphan (2009)$7.25M$26.8M
7Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (2009)$5.3M$182M
8The Hangover (2009)$5.08M$256M
9The Proposal (2009)$4.85M$149M
10Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)$4.6M$388M