New entries starring Adam Sandler and John Travolta in a wig and fat suit knock old favorites farther down the box office list.
Ratatouille comes in at #5 for Friday...
...as Brad Bird's second Pixar film collects $3,440,000 and I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry reaps a robust $12,400,000. Hairspray chalks up $11,200,000.
Harry Potter -- perhaps propelled by the media frenzy for the final book in the series -- collects $10,125,000.
In third place, Michael Bay and his giant robots have to make do with $5,980,00 (and a $248,444,000 total.)
Update: Weekend totals end up about where one would have expected them to end up...
The new "Adam Sandler Movie" lands at #1, just like every other "Adam Sandler Movie" of the last eight years. (Note that movies with Adam Sandler in them but aren't "Adam Sandler Movies" (tm) often don't land at #1). A $34,775,000 total. Sandler is the one movie star who is critic proof.
Harry Potter drops 58% to #2, collects $32,185,000 (a total of $207.5 million).
Hairspray racks up $27.8 million.
Transformers takes in $20.5 million after a 44.6% decline. The big robots now stand just under $263 million.
Ratatouille drops 39%, collects $11 million, now stands at $165.2 million. My bet is it crosses $200 million threshhold.