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Friday Goes To “Ratatouille”, ‘Die Hard’ Solid Second

Based on estimates, Disney/Pixar’s latest film, Ratatouille, took in an impressive $16.6 million from 3,940 theaters to place ahead of FOX’s Live Free Or Die Hard, which in its third day, took in $10.6 million from 3,408 theaters.

Live Free or Die Hard now stands at $25.63 million through three days of release. Now that we have the Friday estimates, I’m going to go ahead and predict a weekend take of $34.1 million for this latest installment in the Die Hard franchise.

Disney/Pixar’s most recent animated film, last year’s Cars, opened with $19.71 million, and went on to gross $60.12 million through the weekend.

Ratatouille will certainly not hit that mark, but expect a solid opening weekend of around $50.5 million.

Other new films making their way on the charts were both limited releases. First up is Michael Moore’s latest documentary, Sicko (from distributor Lionsgate) which takes a look at the U.S. healthcare system. The doc landed in ninth place, taking in an estimated $1.33 million from 441 theaters. Through eight days of limited release, the film is at $1.44 million.

And lastly, in 10th place was Focus Pictures’ Evening, which took in $1.18 million from 977 theaters.

Elsewhere on the charts, last week’s #1 film Evan Almighty dropped to third place with $5.09 million from 3,636 theaters. It’s total stands at $50.63 million through eight days of release. This is well behind the pace of Bruce Almighty, which took in $11.05 million in its second Friday, and had raked in a much more impressive $111.12 million up to that point.

The thriller/horror picture 1408 dropped from second to fourth place with an estimated $3.70 million from 2,733 theaters. Its total stands at $33.48 million through eight days of release.

And in fifth place was Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, which took in $2.66 million from 3,424 theaters. Through 15 days of release, the film as accumulated $108.47 million in domestic receipts. To compare, Fantastic Four grossed $3.69 million and had raked up $113.98 million up to this point back in 2005.

Check back tomorrow for a complete look at the top 10 weekend box office.

Source: Box Office Mojo (Photos courtesy Disney and FOX)

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  • http://misterpeace.wordpress.com/ D. Peace

    Critics generally like LIVE FREE OR DIE HARD, plus it seems to be what so few summer blockbusters are: a great, ballsy action movie that doesn’t try to sell you stupid action figures.

    I’ll definitely give it a shot. (No pun intended).

  • http://misterpeace.wordpress.com D. Peace

    Critics generally like LIVE FREE OR DIE HARD, plus it seems to be what so few summer blockbusters are: a great, ballsy action movie that doesn’t try to sell you stupid action figures.

    I’ll definitely give it a shot. (No pun intended).

  • http://entertainmentnow.wordpress.com/ Russ T.C.

    I thought it was very enjoyable D. Peace. Probably my favorite movie of the summer thus far. Though that’s not saying much given just how disappointing most of the films have been this summer.

    I must say though that I would have preferred it to be rated R, but oh well. It was still very good.

  • http://entertainmentnow.wordpress.com Russ T.C.

    I thought it was very enjoyable D. Peace. Probably my favorite movie of the summer thus far. Though that’s not saying much given just how disappointing most of the films have been this summer.

    I must say though that I would have preferred it to be rated R, but oh well. It was still very good.

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  • http://coldleftovers.com/ coldleftovers

    I liked Live Free or Die Hard…Check out my review at Cold Leftovers.
    As action movies go, it was pretty good, i think. Maybe not the best of the four, but worthy of the Die Hard name…

    Haven’t seen Ratatouille yet…can’t help but be skeptical…

  • http://coldleftovers.com coldleftovers

    I liked Live Free or Die Hard…Check out my review at Cold Leftovers.
    As action movies go, it was pretty good, i think. Maybe not the best of the four, but worthy of the Die Hard name…

    Haven’t seen Ratatouille yet…can’t help but be skeptical…