The Simpsons Movie opens at #1 in a big,big way.
The Yellow Family's $29,100,000 Friday take places it at #15 on the one-day opening list, and second only to Shrek the Third in the animated feature category.
All this and hand-drawn too. Who would have thunk it? (I believed the flick would open in the $50-70 million range. Just a trifle low.)
Congratulations to the hard-working animation crews that made this all happen!
Update: Well whattayaknow? The Simpsons Movie comes in above my most wildly optimistic estimate of $70 million:
“The Simpsons Movie” turned doughnuts into dollars over the weekend, raking in $71.9 million to debut as the top movie this week.
“Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix,” from Warner Bros., fell to third place with $17.1 million, a 48 percent drop from last week. The film has grossed $242 million domestically after three weeks in theaters.
And as the dust settles, the Yellow Family has itself bragging rights to the third biggest animation opening (U.S.) of all time.
Meanwhile, Ratatouille falls from #5 to #7 as it takes in another $7.2 million and climbs to a shade under $180 million domestic gross.