'Phoenix' cume since Wed. tops $88 million


'Potter' bows to 'amazing' numbers o'seas

Warner Bros. Pictures' "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix," which appeared preordained to top the weekend boxoffice, predictably dominated Friday's boxoffice returns. The fifth film in the franchise, this time directed by David Yates, took in an estimated $25.8 million on its third day of release.

Having already collected $62.6 million over its first two days of release in North America, the PG-13 fantasy film, playing in a superwide 4,285 theaters, has now grossed more than $88 million. It is eyeing a weekend haul in the $75 million-plus range, which should see its five-day total level around the $140 million mark.

By marked contrast, the weekend's other new wide release, the R-rated horror film "Captivity," which Freestyle Releasing is distributing for After Dark Films, finished outside of the top 10. In 11th place, the kidnapping and torture tale, directed by Roland Joffe, summoned up just an estimated $521,000 in 1,050 theaters.

DreamWorks/Paramount's "Transformers," last weekend's megchamp, ceded that title to "Phoenix" as it shifted to the second slot with an estimated Friday gross of $11 million. It is set to cross the $200 mark today.

Ranked third, Buena Vista's "Ratatouille" weathered the "Phoenix" storm by attracting an estimated $5.4 million.20th Century Fox's actioner "Live Free or Die Hard" checked in fourth place with an estimated $3.2 million.

Rounding out the top five, Warners' comedy "License to Wed" picked up an estimated $2.4 million.