'Harry Potter' grounded by 'Force,' 'Truth'

'Prince' slips to third at the boxoffice in its second Friday

Harry Potter has parked his broomstick.

Expected to soar to the top of the domestic boxoffice for a second straight frame, “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” has been detoured to a lesser station in the weekend rankings.

Instead, Disney’s “G-Force” -- a 3-D mix of family-oriented live action and CGI, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer -- punched its ticket for the daily top spot with an estimated $11.5 million in Friday coin. “G-Force” thus becomes the clear new favorite to end up as the session’s top grossing movie, considering that its kids-dominated audiences are only likely to grow on Saturday and Sunday.

Sony’s R-rated romantic comedy “The Ugly Truth,” starring Katherine Heigl and Gerard Butler, was second on the day with $10.8 million in opening coin. Warner Bros.’ “Prince” -- the sixth in a series of high-flying “Potter” movies -- could do no better than third with $9.3 million on Friday and $201.1 million in cumulative boxoffice through 10 days in release.
The “Potter” feat made for five $200 million-plus domestic grosser thus far this year, all of them summer releases.

The Warners-distributed, R-rated horror pic ”Orphan” – produced by Joel Silvers’ Dark Castle Entertainment -- finished fourth in its first day of release with $4.9 million.

And a third family-friendly title featured among Friday’s top five finishers -- Fox’s “Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs” -- rung up another $2.6 million. That gave the 3D animated sequel almost $166 million in cumulative boxoffice through 22 days in the marketplace.