One more weekend, one more gathering of box office bucks...
To start off the festivities, Jacki Chan high-kicks The Bourne Ultimatum out of its #1 position, as Rush Hour 3 collects $19.1 million on its opening Friday.
The Matt Damon flick BU settled into the place position, gathering a still hefty $102 million and $109 million total.
And the Family Simpson drops to third, sweeping up $3.6 million as it closes on the $150 million domestic take marker.
Meanwhile, that other animated high-stepper still in the markeptlace? Pixar's Ratatouille descends to #13, rolling up $720,000. It now stands at a $191,762,000 domestic take. That's within striking distance of the magic $200 million, and our bet is that it hops past that marker in relatively short order. With two-page VARIETY ad to quickly follow.
Update:For the weekend, Rush Hour 3 garners bragging rights to #1 and a $50,237,000 opening weekend (demonstrating how another beloved tent-pole is critic proof).
Bourne Ultimatum drops by half and collects $33,672,000, with a $132,345,000 total.
The Yellow Family grows greener with $11,125,000 in the third spot, running a total of $152,237,000.
Ratatouille (#13) now stands at $193,369,000 for its domestic gross. (It's rolling out slowly overseas, territory by territory, which we'll detail elsewhere.)
Finally, the other two newbies in the top ten didn't fare nearly as well as Mr. Chan and Mr. Tucker. Stardust landed at #4 and a $9 million gross. Daddy Day Camp, the sequel to Daddy Day Care, falls to earth at #10 and a $3.5 million cume. Apparently Mr. E. Murphy is missed.