Evan Almighty charges out of the Friday box office gate with $11.1 million and the #1 pole position, proving again that Steve Carell made the right career move in leaving The Daily Show...
And where are the animated features? Why, at #7 and #8, where Surf's Up has reached $48.6 million and Shrek the Third has crossed the $300 million threshold.
Friday's Variety had these observations about the Summer of 2007's box office performance:
Despite predictions that summer 2007 would mark the clash of the tentpoles, the season is actually turning out to be a very good one for the studios...
The top three movies at the domestic B.O. this year are "Spider-Man 3" ($333.6 million), "Shrek the Third" ($299.6 million); and "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" ($277 million).
As of June 17, box office was up 7% for the year compared with 2006. And this summer is running 1% ahead of 2004, the biggest on record.
Update: And as the weekend comes to an end, Evan Almighty collects $32,112,000. Which means that the comedy feature will end its run in the $100 million to $125 million range, depending on the breaks.
The Stephen King horror fest 1408 returns $20,175,000, while the comic book heroes in Fantastic 4 also break the $20 million ceiling. Knocked Up drops a mere 24.4% to collect $10,663,000 as it closes on the $100 million marker.
The animation contingent showed some legs, with seventh-ranked Surf's Up dropping just 27.6% to collect $6,700,000, and Shrek the Third (now residing at #8) showed a 36.1% drop as it reached $307,908,000.
Next week, Ratatouille drops into the box office bouillabaisse and things will be...ah...changing.