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Weekend Box Office — July 27-29, 2007

Fox’s The Simpsons Movie did better than anyone could have possibly expected, pulling in an amazing $74.04 million from 3,922 theaters. The tally makes the movie the new record holder for best opening for a non-CGI animated film, eclipsing the $40.89 million taken in by 1994’s The Lion King. In terms of films adapted from a television show, it passed up Mission Impossible II, which had an opening of $57.85 million back in 2000.

Update: As you can see from the revised numbers, Fox underestimated the weekend gross of “The Simpsons Movie” as actuals increased by 3% or $2.19 million.

In second place for the weekend was last week’s #1 film, I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry which performed well with a drop of only 44.1% as it took in $19.13 million from 3,501 theaters ($71.68 million through 15 days of release).

Year-to-year, the box office top 10 was up a whopping 55.7%

With a budget of only $75 million, The Simpsons Movie is well on its way to becoming very profitable for Fox. In addition to the great start domestically, it also over performed overseas, raking in an additional, and remarkable, $96 million from 71 territories.

Other new releases in the top 10 included Warner Bros.’s No Reservations in fifth place with an okay $11.70 million from 2,425 theaters, while Lindsay Lohan’s latest from Sony I Know Who Killed Me came in ninth place with only $3.51 million from its limited run of 1,320 theaters and 10th place went to the MGM (Weinstein) comedy Who’s Your Caddy? with a weak $2.76 million from 1,019 theaters.

Moving the the rest of the top 10, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix dropped one spot and 45.5% in third place with $17.73 million from 4,005 theaters (shedding 280 theaters in the process) in its third week. The latest in the Harry Potter franchise has now conjured up $242.44 million from domestic theaters through its 19 days of release.

And rounding out the top 5 was Hairspray in fourth place with $15.90 million from 3,121 theaters in its second week, dropping one spot and 42.1% in the process. Through 10 days of release, the musical has grossed $59.66 million.

Transformers took sixth place with another strong weekly performance, as it dropped two spots and only 43.2% with $11.64 million from 3,349 theaters, this all despite losing a fairly large chunk of theaters showing prints of the film (-413). The sure to pass $300 million blockbuster has taken in $284.68 million through 27 days of release.

Seventh place went to Ratatouille, as it dropped two spots and only 31.6% with its take of $7.46 million from 2,934 theaters. The animated adventure also shed many theaters, dropping 468. Through days of release, the film has taken in $179.90 million.

And lastly, in eighth place was Live Free or Die Hard, still doing great business with its sub 25% drop (20.9%). The new leader in the franchise in terms of domestic box office, has taken in $125.40 million through its 33 days in release.

A few other interesting facts about the weekend:

  • The Simpsons Movie had the best per theater average of any movie in the top 10, with $18,877/theater out of 3,922 sites.
  • Live Free or Die Hard had the smallest drop week-to-week of any movie in the top 10, with its amazing 20.9% drop.
  • However, the film also had the lowest per theater average of any movie in the top 10 ($2,474/theater from 2,271 sites).
  • Among films in the top 10, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix was once again the film with the largest weekly loss with its not-too-severe 45.5% decline.
  • And lastly, year-to-year (vs. July 21-23, 2006) the top 10 films were up by $60.64M or 55.7% ($108.85M vs. $169.49M). That weekend saw Miami Vice leading a pack of three wide-released films in the top 10, with its $25.72 million. The other new releases in the top 10 were Fox’s John Tucker Must Die in third place with $14.28 million, and Warner Bros.’s Ant Bully in fifth place with $8.43.

Top 10 Weekend Box Office — July 27-29, 2007 (Actuals)
(TW) — (LW) — (Movie) — (Weekend) — (% Change) — (Theaters) — (Domestic)

1. – N – The Simpsons Movie – $74,036,787 – % – 3,922 – $74,036,787
2. – 1 – ‘Chuck and Larry’ – $19,132,965 – -44.1% – 3,501 – $71,680,080
3. – 2 – ‘Order//Phoenix’ – $17,733,085 – -45.5% – 4,005 – $242,439,214
4. – 3 – Hairspray – $15,899,890 – -42.1% – 3,121 – $59,657,287
5. – N – No Reservations – $11,704,357 – -% — 2,425 – $11,704,357
6. – 4 – Transformers – $11,643,129 – -43.2% – 3,349 – $284,677,134
7. – 5 – Ratatouille – $7,455,594 – -31.6% — 2,934 – $179,904,396
8. – 6 – Live Free/Die Hard – $5,618,728 – -20.9% – 2,271 – $125,396,389
9. – N – I Know Who Killed Me – $3,506,291 – -% – 1,320 – $3,506,291
10. – N – Who’s Your Caddy? – $2,756,661 – -% – 1,019 – $2,756,661

Source: [Box Office Mojo]

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  • http://coldleftovers.com/ David Lay

    The Simpsons Movie made me laugh. Check out my review at
    Cold Leftovers, if you like…

  • http://coldleftovers.com David Lay

    The Simpsons Movie made me laugh. Check out my review at
    Cold Leftovers, if you like…