'Funny People' finding its feet

$8.7 million bow Friday fends off "G-Force"

Judd Apatow’s new, more serious comedy  “Funny People,” starring Adam Sandler, didn’t exactly kill ‘em at the boxoffice as it opened Friday.

Although number one for the day, the R-rated movie about stand-up comics that also stars Apatow regulars like Seth Rogen and Leslie Mann, collected an estimated $8.7 million in 3,008 theaters in North America.

That puts the Universal release on a path to score a first-weekend gross in the low $20-million range, which would put below Apatow’s last feature “Knocked Up,” which bowed to $30.7 million, and on about the same level as his first film, “The 40-Year-Old Virgin,” which debuted to $21.4 million.

Fox’s new release “Aliens in the Attic,” a PG-rated family comedy directed by John Schultz, was even less of a draw. It took in $2.9 million in 3,106 theaters for a fifth-place showing for the day.

Freestyle’s R-rated horror-tale, Marcus Dunstan’s “The Collector,” the weekend’s other new wide release, was running even further back in the pack in eleventh place, grabbing $1.3 milion in 1,325 theaters.

Disney’s “G-Force,” with its rodent-heroes, which commanded the top spot last weekend, shifted to second place on Friday as it pulled in $5.7 million.

Warners’ “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,” in its third weekend, was in the third spot as it took in an additional $5.4 million as it moves steadily toward topping the $250 million mark.

Rounding out the top five, Sony’s rom-com “The Ugly Truth,” registered fourth for the day as it took in $4.5 million.