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Weekend Wrap-Up

Simpsons Movie Dominates Box Office

By John Hamann

July 29, 2007

Homer has finally found a pet that can give him all he desires - bacon, pork chops...

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Seventh is Ratatouille from Disney and Pixar, which has a better hold this weekend. Ratatouille, now in its fifth weekend, earned $7.2 million and dropped 34%. The last three drops have all come in right around 38%, so this will lower the average a bit for the animated rat movie. Currently, Ratatouille has earned $179.7 million, and still has a shot at $200 million. Suffice it to say, this will be Pixar's lowest grossing effort since A Bug's Life in 1998.

Eighth spot goes to Live Free or Die Hard, as it is slowly moving its way out of the top ten. The Bruce Willis actioner grossed $5.4 million this weekend as was off 25%. This Die Hard has been a huge coup for Fox, as its earned $125.1 million so far.

I Know Who Killed Me, the aptly titled Lindsay Lohan flick, finishes ninth, and may have only done so due to the arrest of the actress this week. I Know Who Killed Me earned a sad $3.4 million, but the opening weekend would have been sadder without the star's personal drama. This one was 10% fresh at RottenTomatoes, and will be a trivia question before you know it.




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Who's Your Caddy, the first urban golf comedy ever, finishes at the bottom of the top ten. From MGM, the golf and rapper comedy earned $2.9 million this weekend, and will be a memory before the day is out.

Overall, thanks to those beloved Simpsons, the box office is way up over last year's totals. Last year, with Miami Vice disappointing debut on top with $25.7 million, the top 12 earned only $116.6 million. This year, with The Simpsons dominating, the top ten earned a powerful $168.6 million, good for a massive increase of 45%. Next weekend will be busy again, as The Bourne Ultimatum is currently 100% fresh at RottenTomatoes. Also opening is Hot Rod, which looks to be the new Napoleon Dynamite, and Underdog for kids and beagle owners.


Top Ten for Weekend of July 27-29, 2007
Rank
Film
Number
of Sites
Percentage Drop from Last Week
Estimated
Gross ($)
Cumulative
Gross ($)
1 The Simpsons Movie 3,922 New 71.9 71.9
2 I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry 3,501 -44% 19.1 71.6
3 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix 4,005 -48% 17.1 241.8
4 Hairspray 3,121 -43% 15.6 59.3
5 No Reservations 2,425 New 11.8 11.8
6 Transformers 3,349 -44% 11.5 284.6
7 Ratatouille 2,934 -34% 7.2 179.7
8 Live Free or Die Hard 2,271 -25% 5.4 125.1
9 I Know Who Killed Me 1,320 New 3.4 3.4
10 Who's Your Caddy 1,019 New 2.9 2.9
11 Rescue Dawn 500 +372% 1.7 3.0
12 License to Wed 1,610 -64% 1.3 41.7
Box office data supplied by Exhibitor Relations

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