* Tops box office for second-straight weekend
* 'Horrible Bosses,' 'Zookeeper' also appeal to fans
(Adds details on global sales, other top films)
By Lisa Richwine
LOS ANGELES, July 10 Big-budget action film
"Transformers: Dark of the Moon" won the battle of the box
office for the second-straight weekend, generating $140 million
in global ticket sales and pushing its worldwide total since
its debut to $645 million, studio estimates showed on Sunday.
The third installment of the popular "Transformers" films
about shape-shifting aliens was the No. 1 film in the United
States and Canada with $47 million in sales. It easily beat two
new comedies, "Horrible Bosses" which took in $28 million, and
family film "Zookeeper," the weekend's No. 3 movie with $21
"Transformers" remained strong over the weekend
internationally with $93 million in ticket sales from 59
markets, according to distributor Paramount Pictures.
Overall, the effects-filled Hollywood flick has now taken
in $261 million in domestic theaters (the U.S. and Canada) to
become the year's highest-grossing movie, so far. And it has
hauled in another $384 million overseas.
The success of the 3-D sci-fi flick also helped pull
audiences into theaters for the new comedies, which generated
decent sales amid low expectations during a summer weekend
light on big new releases.
"'Transformers 3' is helping the overall marketplace by
performing well," said Paul Dergarabedian, box office analyst
with Hollywood.com. The 52 percent drop in domestic ticket
sales versus the film's opening weekend last week was unusually
low after a big opening, he said.
BAD IS GOOD
"Horrible Bosses," which centers on three male friends who
plot to kill their mean bosses, did better than expected as
adult comedies like it and "Hangover 2" and "Bad Teacher"
continued to appeal to fans this summer. "Bosses" stars Jason
Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis, along with Jennifer
Aniston as one of the bosses.
"Zookeeper," a family-oriented comedy starring Kevin James,
also turned in a solid start domestically and good numbers
overseas, distributor Sony Pictures Entertainment said.
International sales hit $7.5 million, mostly from Germany and
Mexico, on about 1,500 screens.
"Cars 2," the sequel from Disney's Pixar animation studio,
claimed the No. 4 spot on domestic box office charts with $15
million, and the Cameron Diaz comedy "Bad Teacher" was fifth
with $9 million.
"Transformers" was released by Paramount Pictures, a unit
of Viacom Inc. VIAb.N, "Horrible Bosses" was distributed by
Warner Bros., a division of Time Warner Inc. (TWX.N), and
"Zookeeper" and "Bad Teacher" were released by the studio
division of Sony Pictures Entertainment, a unit of Sony Corp
(6758.T). Walt Disney Co (DIS.N) is the parent of Pixar.
(Reporting by Lisa Richwine; Editing by Bob Tourtellotte and