In the US: Animated guinea pigs grab the #1 spot as G-FORCE makes a decent $31m... Katherine Heigl/Gerard Butler rom-com THE UGLY TRUTH settles for third place with $27m... and horror THE ORPHAN underperforms with $12m at #4...
US TOP 10
(-) 1. G-Force $31.7m
(1) 2. Harry Potter & The Half-Blood Prince $29.5m
(-) 3. The Ugly Truth $27.6m
(-) 4. Orphan $12.9m
(2) 5. Ice Age: Dawn Of The Dinosaurs $8.41m
(3) 6. Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen $8.12m
(6) 7. The Hangover $6.46m
(5) 8. The Proposal $6.38m
(7) 9. Public Enemies $4.35m
(4) 10. Brüno $2.83m
In the UK: Sandra Bullock/Ryan Reynolds rom-com THE PROPOSAL debuts at #2 with £3m, unable to knock Harry Potter from #1... while Lars Von Trier's controversial horror-drama ANTICHRIST takes a dismal £99,000 to edge into the chart at #10...
UK TOP 10
(1) 1. Harry Potter & The Half-Blood Prince £5.1m
(-) 2. The Proposal £3.2m
(2) 3. Ice Age: Dawn Of The Dinosaurs £2.1m
(3) 4. Brüno £1.2m
(4) 5. The Hangover £687k
(5) 6. Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen £416k
(6) 7. Public Enemies £277k
(7) 8. My Sister's Keeper £224k
(8) 9. Moon £137k
(-) 10. Antichrist £99k
UK RELEASES THIS WEEK
COCO AVANT CHANEL
Bio-drama. The story of Coco Chanel's rise from obscure beginnings to the heights of the fashion world.
Director: Anne Fontaine Starring: Audrey Tautou, Benoît Poelvoorde, Alessandro Nivola, Marie Gillain & Emmanuelle Devos
Tomatometer: 74% (Fresh; based on 34 reviews)
Drama. Every day thousands of people illegally cross our borders... only one thing stands in their way. America.
Director: Wayne Kramer Starring: Harrison Ford, Ray Liotta, Ashley Judd, Jim Sturgess, Cliff Curtis & Alice Braga
Tomatometer: 16% (Rotten; based on 92 reviews) "Crossing Over is flagrant and heavy-handed about a situation that deserves more deliberate treatment, and joins its characters with coincidences that strain believability."
Animated action-adventure. A specially trained squad of guinea pigs is dispatched to stop a diabolical billionaire from taking over the world.
Director: Hoyt Yeatman Voices: Billy Nighy, Wil Arnett, Zach Galifianakis, Jon Favreau, Sam Rockwell, Penelope Cruz, Steve Buschemi & Nicolas Cage
Tomatometer: 25% (Rotten; based on 73 reviews) "G-Force features manic action, but fails to come up with interesting characters or an inspired plot."
LAND OF THE LOST
Comedy adventure. On his latest expedition, Dr. Rick Marshall is sucked into a space-time vortex alongside his research assistant and a redneck survivalist. In this alternate universe, the trio make friends with a primate named Chaka, their only ally in a world full of dinosaurs and other fantastic creatures.
Director: Brad Silberling Starring: Will Ferrell, Anne Friel, Danny McBride & Jorma Taccone.
Tomatometer: 26% (Rotten; based on 162 reviews) "Only loosely based on the original TV series, Land of the Lost is decidedly less kid-friendly and feels more like a series of inconsistent sketches than a cohesive adventure comedy."
THE TAKING OF PELHAM 1 2 3
Crime thriller. Armed men hijack a New York City subway train, holding the passengers hostage in return for a ransom, and turning an ordinary day's work for dispatcher Walter Garber into a face-off with the mastermind behind the crime.
Director: Tony Scott Starring: Denzel Washington, John Travolta, Luis Guzmán, Victor Gojcaj, John Turturro & Michael Rispoli
Tomatometer: 52% (Fresh; based on 178 reviews) "Despite a strong cast, The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 suffers under the excesses of Tony Scott's frantic direction, and fails to measure up to the 1974 original."