Comedy combat at the box office

New Line’s “Hairspray” will try to outlaugh Universal comedy “I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry” this weekend, though Warner Bros. is hoping “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” can retain the No. 1 crown in its second frame. “Chuck and Larry,” starring Adam Sandler and Kevin James, opens in 3,495 theaters. “Hairspray,” based on the John Waters musical, bows in 3,121. Warners will still enjoy plenty of magic with the fifth film in the lucrative “Harry Potter” franchise, still at 4,285 locations. Still, Sandler has always had good luck with summer comedies. “Click” opened at $40 million last summer; “The Longest Yard” opened at $47.6 million in May 2005. “Chuck and Larry” and “Hairspray” are the only two wide openers. Limited releases include Milos Forman’s “Goya’s Ghosts,” which Samuel Goldwyn Films opens in 49 locations in select markets. Fox Searchlight bows sci-fi thriller “Sunshine” in 10 locations, while Magnolia opens dramedy “Cashback” in nine. DreamWorks-Paramount tentpole “Transformers” heads into its third frame with a domestic cume of more than $240 million as of Wednesday.

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