Audiences engaged by ‘Larry’

Sandler's new comedy tops 'Hairspray,' 'Potter'

Universal’s Adam Sandler and Kevin James laffer “I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry” won the Friday box office with an estimated $12.4 million in ticket sales. New Line’s musical “Hairspray” came in No. 2 at an estimated $10.9 million. Holdover Warner Bros.’

“Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” came in behind “Hairspray” with an estimated $10.3 million in Friday ticket sales, although the pic is expected to pick up its pace on Saturday, turning the weekend into an unexpectedly brisk race.

There’s been buzz about whether the release of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” the final book in J.K. Rowling’s blockbuster book series, would have an impact on “Phoenix” at the box office. Tome was released 12:01 a.m. Saturday.

DreamWorks-Paramount’s “Transformers,” in its third frame, took in an estimated $6 million on Friday, while Disney-Pixar’s “Ratatouille” made an estimated $3.5 million.

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