Nothing Ugly About Katherine Heigl's Weekend
Category: The Ugly Truth News | Posted by: maryp
Article Date: July 26, 2009 | Publication: E!Online | Author: Joal Ryan
So, was Izzie's fate sealed by Katherine Heigl's weekend?
Heigl, whose ultimate future on Grey's Anatomy is one of the small screen's great questions, proved her big-screen worth yet again with an estimated $27 million Friday-Sunday debut for The Ugly Truth.
The romantic comedy, pairing Heigl with 300's Gerard Butler, took third in the box-office standings behind the guinea-pig-powered comedy G-Force ($32.2 million) and the still-big, but somewhat-sapped Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince ($30 million).
Here are some more factoids for Heigl to drop within earshot of an ABC exec:
• Not that Heigl or her team need the reminder, but The Ugly Truth is now the year's third-biggest-bowing romantic comedy behind Sandra Bullock's The Proposal and the all-star He's Just Not That Into You.
• To put that previous factoid another way, Heigl opened a movie bigger than romantic-comedy stalwarts Kate Hudson (Bride Wars), Matthew McConaughey (Ghosts of Girlfriends Past) and Renée Zellweger (New in Town).
• As a reminder, Heigl is back at work on Grey's sixth season. But the star to whom the adjective outspoken is typically applied isn't saying what shape her health-challenged character is in.
• Harry Potter's ticket sales were off 61 percent from its opening weeked. If estimates hold, that fall will go down as the franchise's second biggest plunge.
• In the not-great news department, the Harry Potter with the franchise's biggest drop, Prisoner of Azaban, is also the franchise's lowest-grossing movie to date.
• In the not-bad news department, the "lowest-grossing" Prisoner of Azaban made nearly $250 million domestically.
• In the terribly good news department, Half-Blood Prince, after just two weekends, is already at $221.8 million.
• The horror movie Orphan, the weekend's other major new release, grossed a respectable $12.8 million for a fourth-place bow.
• How low can Brüno go? The Sacha Baron Cohen comedy was down 67 percent from last weekend's near-historic dive, and clung to a Top 10 finish, with a $2.7 million take.
• After three weekends, Brüno has $56.5 million in the domestic bank—a number that would look bigger if Cohen's Borat wasn't already well on its way to $100 million in the same time frame.
• Up exits the Top 10 after eight weekends, and a $283.6 million haul that puts it behind only Finding Nemo on the formidable list of all-time Disney/Pixar grossers.
Here's a complete look at the weekend's top-grossing films based on Friday-Sunday estimates as compiled by Exhibitor Relations:
1. G-Force, $32.2 million
2. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, $30 million
3. The Ugly Truth, $27 million
4. Orphan, $12.8 million
5. Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, $8.2 million
6. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, $8 million
7. The Hangover, $6.5 million
8. The Proposal, $6.4 million
9. Public Enemies, $4.2 million
10. Brüno, $2.7 million