"Transformers" controls box office for 2nd week

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Posted: Jul 10, 2011 12:08 PM
"Transformers" controls box office for 2nd week

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Big-budget action film "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" won the battle of the North American box office for the second straight week, churning up $47 million and easily beating two new comedies, according to studio estimates on Sunday.

Ticket sales for the third installment of the popular "Transformers" films about shape-shifting aliens eclipsed adult-targeted comedy "Horrible Bosses," which took in $28 million, and family film "Zookeeper," the weekend's No. 3 movie at box offices with $21 million.

"Transformers" was released by Paramount Pictures, a unit of Viacom Inc., "Horrible Bosses" was distributed by Warner Bros., a division of Time Warner Inc., and "Zookeeper" was released by the studio division of Sony Pictures Entertainment, a unit of Sony Corp.

(Reporting by Lisa Richwine; Editing by Bob Tourtellotte and Sandra Maler)