No. 1 gift-wrapped for Universal's 'Chuck'


Moviegoers flocked to the guy nuptials of Universal Pictures' "I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry" as it opened nationwide in 3,495 theaters Friday.

The PG-13 comedy, starring Adam Sandler and Kevin James as straight firefighters who pose as gay to take advantage of domestic partnership benefits, led the day's domestic boxoffice listings with an estimated $12.4 million.

Debuting as a strong No. 2, New Line Cinema's musical "Hairspray," in which John Travolta does a turn in drag, also found favor with moviegoers as it bowed to $10.8 million in 3,121 theaters.

Warner Bros. Pictures' Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, last weekend's chart topper, checked in at No. 3 with an estimated $10.2 million, bringing its domestic cume to more than $185 million.

"Phoenix" could still rise to the second spot in the weekend rankings if it's buoyed by strong matinee showings, though its fate this weekend also could be affected by the publication of the final volume in J.K. Rowling's series, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," which went on sale at 12:01 a.m. Saturday.

In fourth place, Dreamworks/Paramount Pictures' "Transformers" took in an estimated $6 million for the day, while Buena Vista's animated "Ratatouille" held down the fifth spot with an estimated $3.5 million.